NISSWA - Most families moving into a Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity home are excited to have a roof over their heads.
Now, there's even more to be excited about.
Habitat for Humanity in Brainerd has partnered with Rustica Home Furnishings in Crosslake and Rooms by Rustica in Nisswa to launch the Create A Home program in which they'll accept donated furniture for new Habitat families.
Kirsten Seidl, owner of the Rustica stores, said that when customers buy new furniture, they often inquire about what they can do with their gently used furniture.
"It was hard for them to get rid of their old furniture so we started to think about what we could do to help," Seidl said. "I had an idea, and I talked with Kevin Pelkey (executive director at Habitat) about it, and he thought Create A Home would be a great idea."
"This is a win-win situation for everyone involved," Pelkey said. "This extends our resources of what we can do for our families. It's one less burden for the family to worry about, even if it's just beds for the kids to sleep on.
Kevin Pelkey (left) of Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity posed recently with Kirsten Seidl - of Rustica Home Furnishings in Crosslake and Rooms by Rustica in Nisswa - in front of gently used furniture that will be donated to Habitat families as part of the new Create A Home program.
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"At Habitat, we build the homes and get the families in. That is our focus. But many families who move in don't have furniture, so this program will be beneficial for our families."
Seidl said gently used furniture, including sofas, chairs, dining tables and certain housewares, such as lamps and full dinnerware sets, may be donated. Habitat for Humanity cannot accept used mattresses, so Seidl is asking for monetary donations that may be used to purchase new mattresses and bedding for families.
The Create A Home program is intended to be user-friendly. Seidl said Rustica will pick up furniture donations and will accept drop-offs by appointment during business hours at both stores. Seidl said anyone can donate, not just customers purchasing new furniture.
Donations are tax deductible, and Pelkey said Habitat will provide receipts for tax purposes for donations, and Rustica will give donors vouchers for a discount on future furniture purchases at the stores.
Seidl said the donated furniture will be stored in Rustica's warehouse until it finds a home. Currently, there's enough donated furniture to fill one new home.
"We're looking for someone to donate space to us to store the donated furniture because we anticipate we'll run out of room soon," Seidl said.
Seidl said that once a family moves into a Habitat home, Rustica staff will deliver the donated furniture and set it up at no charge, with the help of Habitat volunteers.
To make a donation to Create A Home, call Rustica at (218) 963-3224 or (218) 692-4884.
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