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By Tammye McDuff

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) celebrated the grand opening of its third ReStore located at 8739 E. Artesia Blvd. in Bellflower. The opening ceremonies included including food trucks, giveaways, a live remote broadcast from The Sound FM radio station, plus recycling and donation services for local residents.

Habitat  Restores’  are a new breed of economic home improvement facilities, open to the public, providing considerable savings from building materials to new and gently used furniture, appliances, lumber, hardware, vintage and unique items. All home furnishing prices are at least 50% off retail value and all proceeds from the hardware sales are used toward the Habitat for Humanity mission to end substandard housing worldwide.

The Restores’ serve to earn money to purchase new, energy-rated home appliances and goods for Habitat for Humanity homes.  Through re-selling donated items, needy families are given the opportunity to own new, never-before-used home materials that will last longer and prevent high utility bills.

President and CEO, Habitat LA, Erin Rank is quoted “We receive donations from corporations, builders, and even movie sets, and it is wonderful to provide these quality items to the community at reduced prices. Shopping the ReStore is a budget and environmentally friendly way to improve your home while helping Habitat LA to build more homes for hardworking, low-income families and individuals,” said Rank.

Attendees to the third ReStore location enjoyed activities and refreshments compliments of PepsiCo and local food trucks offered a variety of dining options. Sims Recycling Solutions was on-site to collect e-waste and the City of Bellflower Environmental Services promoted its used oil recycling program. The Confidential Data Destruction Co. provided free mobile paper shredding services. General paper, glass and metal recycling services were provided by Reel Waste & Recycling.

Since 2004, the Habitat LA ReStore in has helped divert over five million pounds of reusable materials from local area landfills. Both the Gardena and Norwalk ReStore locations are also an “e-waste” collection site.  Donations of television & computer monitors, computer towers/hard drives and other electronics help keep electronic waste from landfills and help Habitat LA fund building projects all over the greater Los Angeles area. You can arrange for a curbside pick by contacting Habitat LA at 310-323-4663 or send an email to [email protected].