Giant sale to assist Habitat for Humanity

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The Pictou County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia is planning a fundraiser to assist in their first build.

The event will take place in June and include a sale, barbecue and silent auction at a temporary location the group has acquired for the fundraiser at 24 Front St., Pictou, beside the post office.

Committee member Kevin Pettipas says, “We are looking for donations of household furniture, building supplies and such – no mattresses or clothing.” He also asks that donated items be in saleable condition – free of rips and tears, unsoiled and undamaged. On June 16, a giant sale will be held when anyone in the community can come in to the Front Street location and purchase the donated items.

“We also have a scrap metal bin on site” for anyone wishing to donate scrap metal to the cause, Pettipas says. Habitat for Humanity volunteers collect the metal and sell it to a local scrap metal dealer. Scrap metal can also be taken to Stewart’s Scrap Metal & Bottle Exchange on Westville Road in New Glasgow and donated in Habitat for Humanity’s name, Pettipas notes.

The upcoming fundraiser is not simply a one-day sale, says Pettipas. Rather, items will be acquired and people can drop in to purchase the items in the first two weeks of June. “Then the finale will be held June 16 with the barbecue and silent auction and local entertainment.”

Currently, volunteers are delivering letters to local businesses seeking donations of items for the silent auction. Organizers are also hoping community-minded individuals with access to a truck would help the cause by volunteering to pick up items that will be sold at the event. Anyone willing to give their time can contact Pettipas by calling 902-301-6781.

Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization working towards a Nova Scotia where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. To date, the organization has built 55 homes in the province to assist low-income families achieve the dream of home ownership.

The Pictou County Chapter formed earlier this year and has plans to build an affordable home in Stellarton for a local family.

Stellarton Mayor Danny MacGillivray, who was instrumental in forming the local chapter, told The Advocate in February of this year: “The program is not a free house for someone; Habitat for Humanity becomes your banker, so it’s a hand up, not a hand out. That’s their motto.”

This is something Pettipas noted as well. “Some people think it’s a free house for someone, but that’s not the case at all. The family has to put in 500 hours of sweat equity which acts as their down payment. Habitat for Humanity owns the house and the family pays the mortgage to them.”

The single-family dwelling is scheduled to take place in 2019. “But we’re hoping to get the foundation in this fall. It all depends on timing,” Pettipas said.

Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization working towards a Nova Scotia where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.