Habitat for Humanity’s tent sale kicks off Wednesday

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Seeking to generate funding through its ReStore donations, Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity will present a tent sale Wednesday through Saturday. Ongoing from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, the event will take place at 14 Eagle’s Court in Cartersville.

“At this time, our donations have been incredible,” said Tony Ross, executive director of the local Habitat for Humanity. “We have some stuff in storage buildings that we need to get out and get on the floor.”

Along with furniture, items that will be for sale include construction materials, dishes, housewares, books and appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers and stoves.

“Being a nonprofit, we don’t have a set type of income coming in other than our resale store,” Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity Board Chairman Butch Emerson said, adding the store’s sales go toward the nonprofit’s operating expenses, including the ReStore.

Since forming in 1984, Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity has assisted in the construction or rehabilitation of about 50 residences.

The nonprofit’s most recent project was conducted in Cartersville from fall 2018 to the start of this year. Working with the county’s faith-based community through Bartow Baptist Association, Habitat for Humanity remodeled a home in need of rehabilitation.

“The guy who donated it to us knew that it was in desperate disrepair,” Emerson said. “It was not in a good part of town, but it allowed us to do two things. One is it allowed Bartow Habitat for Humanity to go in and do what our message is for and that is to build homes and refurbish homes for individuals — who can’t go through the traditional channels — who are in need of housing.

“The second thing that it did was it reached out to the community around that area, because it allowed us, basically, to spread God’s Word as well,” he said, referring to area residents seeing the faith-based community and Habitat for Humanity working alongside one another.

Underscoring the importance of Habitat for Humanity in Bartow, Emerson shared there is a “terrific need of affordable housing” in the county.

“There are individuals in our community that through circumstances either beyond their control or whatever the case may be, they can’t afford a home,” Emerson said. “So what we try to do is try to put needy individuals into affordable housing and that these homes are good, quality, solid homes. They don’t get a free ride. It is a zero interest loan, but they have to pay it back.

“… They’re just not given a home turnkey. They’re out there driving hammers, cutting wood, cleaning up, putting down carpet, hardwood, whatever the case may be. Once those homeowners are selected, it’s expected of them to be on-site with the rest of the crews putting that sweat equity in as well.”

For more information about the Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity, call 770-383-9054 or visit the nonprofit’s Facebook page.