Helping others is good for the heart

First Posted: 2/23/2009

Over the weekend, I was able to witness members of this community turn out to once again help those in need.
The Habitat for Humanity Re-Store held an auction to raise money to build a house for a local resident and her son. They asked businesses, organizations and even a few individuals to donate furniture to create five rooms which they then auctioned off to the public.
A large crowd gathered on one end of the store as the bidding began and were generous with their donations. Five lucky families walked away with new (and in some cases gently used) furniture and a woman and her son walked away knowing that their dream for a new house was well on its way to becoming a reality. The foundations have been poured and construction will officially begin on Saturday.
This woman is not the only person who will benefit from the auction. There are a number of other families who are waiting for the funds before Habitat can start on their houses and even more who are wading through the paperwork associated with the application process.
It was nice to see so many people turn out on that one day, but it would be even nicer if that same number of people would turn out every week, to help build a house, to buy from the Re-Store or simply to make a donation to Habitat for Humanity. The organization relies on people in the community to make their mission possible. They change lives by helping people realize their dream of owning a house.
You dont have to have construction experience to work on a Habitat house. You do, however, have to have an open mind, a good heart and be willing to work. There are trained construction workers on site to help you along and plenty of volunteers who have worked on enough projects to know what they are doing.
It is impossible to know when the next house will go to a friend, a neighbor, a church member or a family member, so why wait until then to help out others?
Even if you have no desire to get out and do construction work, you can still support the organization by buying from and donating to the Habitat Re-Store located in the shopping center adjacent to Bottom Dollar. The store accepts gently used furniture and appliances which would otherwise be hauled to the dump. They sell that same furniture for affordable prices and are constantly looking for new inventory.
So while it is nice to see people out supporting good causes when they are having events, it would be even better to see those same people out on a regular day, helping a neighbor. Habitat for Humanity is only one of a number of organizations in the community that helps out others. My challenge to you is to pick one and help out. Donate food to the food pantry, take that old dresser to Goodwill or buy a new kitchen table from the Habitat Re-Store. The choice is up to you, but know that one small act, when done by a large number of people, can make a world of difference.
Morgan Wall is a staff reporter for The Mount Airy News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 719-1929.

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