ReStore outlet helps struggling families

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - From bath tubs to washing machines, a shop in Kalaeloa gives struggling families -- or any families -- a chance to pick up some quality household necessities. We went to check it out.

Habitat for Humanity, Leeward Oahu ReStore outlet opened its doors to the public in October, 2009, selling new and slightly used building materials, including appliances donated by Whirlpool, Lowe's, City Mill and general contractors. Items have been marked down substantially. "Not only have we been able to keep 50,000 pounds of valuable materials out of our landfills, customers can purchase materials at low prices," says John Ayat, manager of the store.

Donated items like freezers, clothes dryers, microwave ovens, air conditioners, windows, flooring, cabinets, bathtubs and vanities only account for a small portion of the inventory. There are hundreds of products. Whirlpool appliances are a big attraction for customers.

The goal of the 6,000 square foot store is to provide quality building materials and appliances at reduced prices to the general public, small contractors and homeowners. Proceeds from the store is used to help build affordable homes for low-income Leeward families in need of decent housing and to help defray administrative expenses for the organization. Purchases are tax deductible but one should check with their tax consultant.

Leeward Oahu ReStore
91-220 Kalaeloa Boulevard
Warehouse 1-A in Campbell Industrial Park 
8am to 2pm, Thursday through Saturday
(808) 682-8411

Habitat for Humanity Leeward Oahu works in partnership with low-income families to build decent homes that they can afford to buy. The homes are built with the help of family, friends, and volunteers. To date, the Leeward Oahu affiliate has completed eight (8) homes and one currently under construction.