This Service Spotlight Sunday highlights the volunteer efforts of Stony Brook Circle K at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. Below, Winnie Qi explains the purpose of ReStore, and what they did to help the cause:

       “When you left your house today, you most likely had the peace of mind knowing that your house and everything inside will still be here to welcome you back when you return. Most people don’t realize that this sense of security is priceless. Instability affects a vast majority of Americans, and even more so now with hurricanes, fires, and other natural disasters looming down at us. Without a stable home, many things that define the American quality of life become expendables. These people, faced with desperation, let go of education, food, and even healthcare. None of these things should ever be inaccessible to anyone, and no one should ever have to choose between them.

       This is where ReStores come in. A branch of Habitat of Humanity, Restores take in furniture donations. They may be refurbished or just extra stock from furniture stores, but having a place to donate them keeps them from going to landfills and sends them to homes in need. Furniture is resold at extremely affordable prices. Profits goes towards building homes and helping families regain independence. Over the summer, we volunteered our time at a local ReStore. We helped build two beds. This was a very small part of a large cause, but volunteering our time helped create two pieces of furniture that will build another home. Our efforts, as well as those of many others, will go a long way to rebuilding someone’s sense of security and confidence. The home is the foundation for growth. The home is a place to return to and a place to make happy memories. It is the physical form of the emotions and memories of the people residing inside. Our efforts will help build another home, one piece of furniture at time. If you have the time, please be sure to contact your local ReStore! It’s fun and a great way to get involved in a cause that can reach millions of people.”  

– Winnie Qi, Stony Brook Circle K Service Committee Chair

Below are some featured photos from the event: 

Great work, Stony Brook Circle K!