Six intrepid souls of the group went down to help out at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in West Norriton, a “thrift store” for home owners. The place is packed with everything a homeowner would want to improve their home. Hutches, kitchen sets, bed sets, tile, furniture, housewares, electronics… all nice stuff, inexpensive! The money made goes to support the Habitat for Humanity builds, which give the less-fortunate homeowner a hand-up, not a hand-out. The low-income homeowner commits to many hours of building their home or someone else’s home. A great program.
Vanessa organized this great event. It was Doug, Marilyn, Kathy B, Vanessa, Pam and me. Once we finished up the tour, our questions, and the litigious-society waivers and safety video (actually entertaining), the super-nice manager and logistics queen Pat put us right to work. And work we did, donned in our CM-PTPP t-shirts. We dismantled a trashed vanity and loft bedset, built up a really nice granite counter-top kitchen, and moved furniture – with Marilyn’s brute strength and my good looks, we had it covered. Doug said he’s never going to Home Depot again. Pam and Kathy went shopping in the store after a long hard day of manual labor. I was worried we were coming home with a set of 70′s psychedelic yellow ribbon candy chairs. But fortunately, we didn’t – because Vanessa bought them. Marilyn got stuck dismantling a bed set that was previously assembled by high-schoolers. You know what that means: more stripped screwheads than all the go-go bars in the greater Philadelphia region.
Assuming I don’t get a call tomorrow from anyone’s lawyer about a back injury, I’d say our charity work was a resounding success. We got to help some people out, by our own choice (the way it should be). We talked to a few people about the tea party, had some fun, met new people, and we’ll go back. Here are some pics. We’ll definitely do it again, we had a great time, and thanks for the great work of organizing this Vanessa!