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Vacant building a blessing for Habitat for Humanity

Habitat 1: (L to R) Colleton County Habitat Re-store Floor Supervisor Teresa Vaught, Bank of Walterboro Assistant Vice-president James Bunton, Habitat Executive Director Tasha Moses, and Habitat volunteer John Risher.

An unoccupied building on South Jefferies Boulevard turned into a community-enhancement after thousands of dollars worth of building materials within the former store was donated to the Colleton County Habitat for Humanity.

The materials were donated by the Bank of Walterboro, now the building’s owner, and will be used for building purposes. Items will also be sold at the Habitat Re-store on Wichman Street. “We saw a lot of building material when we inventoried the building and saw that it could be put to good use in building and repairing houses within the community,” said Bank Assistant Vice-President James Bunton.

The clearing of the building by bank and Habitat personnel took about two weeks to complete. Desks, tables, chairs, two twin mattress sets, counters, lumber, molding, tile flooring, windows, screen doors, cans of paint, buckets of nails and screws, a treadmill, golf clubs, tools (both manual and power), microwave ovens, coffee makers, clothing, and even some Christmas decorations were discovered as the clearing process progressed. All of the recovered items were in good shape.

The idea of donating these items to Habitat for Humanity was hatched during a recent Colleton Leadership meeting. “We were talking and the subject of the excess materials came up,” said Habitat for Humanity Director Tasha Moses. “When James suggested that the items could be donated to be sold within our Re-store and used for building material, it was very good news for our program.”