Yolanda Meijer, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Victoria, is reminding the community that the ReStore donation centre on Oak Street is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Yolanda Meijer, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Victoria, is reminding the community that the ReStore donation centre on Oak Street is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

Giving season extends into new year as Habitat for Humanity Victoria ReStores call for donations

Furniture, light fixtures, appliances among items accepted at Westshore and Uptown ReStores

Tripping over excess furniture and appliances in the wake of Christmas? Still in the giving spirit? Habitat For Humanity Victoria is reminding residents that the giving season extends into the new year, as donations are always accepted at Greater Victoria ReStore locations.

Yolanda Meijer, who’s been the CEO of Habitat for Humanity Victoria for 10 years, explained that the charity operates two ReStore locations in the region – one on the Westshore at 849 Orono Ave. and another near Uptown Shopping Centre at 3311H Oak St. The locations act as donation centres and secondhand shops offering affordable furniture, household appliances and hardware.

READ ALSO: Cheers to charity: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria bottle drive coming to Saanich mall

Meijer noted that Westshore ReStore is larger so it also houses a variety of flooring materials, cabinetry, sinks and doors.

Donations are accepted at the ReStores Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the locations are open for retail Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Meijer said.

She noted that the hours were different before the pandemic, but changes have been made to accommodate the unprecedented situation and give staff time to sanitize high-touch surfaces. The pandemic also resulted in the closure of the Burnside Road West ReStore location.

Despite the obstacles, donations and sales at the Westshore ReStore and the Uptown ReStore “have kept pace with pre-COVID levels,” Meijer said.

READ ALSO: Families warned of positive COVID-19 cases at Saanich daycare

She hopes to make more people aware of the ReStore this year because supporting the secondhand shop keeps reusable items out of landfills and directly assists local families.

When donated products are sold at the ReStore, the funds cover the cost of the charity’s operations, Meijer explained. This means that 100 per cent of the monetary donations to Habitat for Humanity Victoria can go “straight into the actual charitable projects” such as building homes for Greater Victoria families.

Currently, Habitat for Humanity Victoria is completing the construction of 10 new homes in North Saanich and all but one have already been claimed – the remaining four-bedroom home has accessibility adaptations and interested families can apply online at habitatvictoria.com.

READ ALSO: Coldest Night of the Year walk returns to Sooke for second year

The ideal donations include furniture, working appliances, household goods, tools and light fixtures.

She added that the ReStores offer free pick-up for large donations such as dining room sets, and donors receive discounts on purchases at the ReStores.


@devonscarlett
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

Charity and DonationsGreater Victoria

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The purchase of 27 acres in the Millstream Creek watershed by The Land Conservancy and other partners will protect a sensitive ecosystem in the Highlands. (Photo contributed by The Land Conservancy)
Provincial land conservancy lays out $600,000 for Highlands property

Anonymous donor helps buy purchased 11.1 hectares of Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystem

Victoria police are warning people of a continued rise in cybercrime. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
Victoria police warn of rising cybercrime called spear phishing

Fraudsters continue to trick people out of large sums of money

Colin Springford doing what he loved best, tending to his garden. (Linda Matteson photo)
Longtime farmer Colin Springford dies at age 75

‘He will be deeply missed, always loved and never forgotten’

An architectural rendering provides a look at PC Urban’s proposal for three buildings on the former Galaxy Motors property at 1764 Island Hwy. in Colwood. (Rendering courtesy of PC Urban)
Commercial/industrial development planned for former Galaxy Motors site

Colwood proposal goes to public hearing Jan. 25

Scaredy Cats television series has turned Empress Avenue in Fernwood into a Halloween themed neighbourhood. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
PHOTOS: Trick or treat! Halloween comes to Fernwood in January

New television series Scaredy Cats filming in Victoria

A woman writes a message on a memorial mural wall by street artist James “Smokey Devil” Hardy during a memorial to remember victims of illicit drug overdose deaths on International Overdose Awareness Day, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Monday, August 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. paramedics respond to record-breaking number of overdose calls in 2020

On the front lines, COVID-19 has not only led to more calls, but increased the complexity

(Thesendboys/Instagram)
Video of man doing backflip off Vancouver bridge draws police condemnation

Group says in Instagram story that they ‘don’t do it for the clout’

(Black Press Media file photo)
From arts to environment, nominate your West Shore hero

Nominations for the Goldstream Gazette’s Local Hero awards are open

The RCMP are reminding drivers to find alternative ways home if they have consumed anything that impairs their ability to drive. (Black Press file photo)
Impaired Island driver flees road check twice on the same night

The officer issued the driver numerous violation tickets, and a four-month driving suspension

Inspection of bridge crossing on a B.C. forest service road. (B.C. Forest Practices Board)
B.C. falling behind in maintenance of forest service roads

Auditor finds nearly half of bridges overdue for repair

(Black Press Media files)
Woman steals bottles of wine after brandishing stun baton in New Westminster

Police say the female suspect was wearing a beige trench coat with fur lining

Toronto’s Mass Vaccination Clinic is shown on Sunday January 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Canadian malls, conference centres, hotels offer up space for COVID vaccination centres

Commercial real estate association REALPAC said that a similar initiative was seeing success in the U.K.

Kamala Harris and Joe Biden are sworn into office on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)
Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States

About 25,000 National Guard members have been dispatched to Washington

The objectives of the Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society include peer support for parents and caregivers, as well as developing support services, projects, educational and employment opportunities for people with Down Syndrome. Photo supplied.
Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society offers support for families in the community

New non-profit seeking directors in cities across Vancouver Island

Most Read