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'One-stop donation drop' at the Habitate ReStore to celebrate Earth Day

The Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Salem West are celebrating Earth Day by offering a “one-stop donation drop” on April 26.

The event is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Habitat ReStore in Brainerd. The ReStore accepts a wide variety of donated items, including new and used furniture, appliances and building materials — cabinets, flooring, light fixtures, paint, hardware, electrical, plumbing, windows and more.

Salem West will be accepting clothes, dishes and household items. There is no cost to donate items and donations are tax deductible.

“Technically, Earth Day is April 22 but scheduling the event on Saturday gives more people a chance to participate,” ReStore Director Mary Zimmermann said. “At the Habitat ReStore, every day is Earth Day because our mission is to reuse and repurpose household items and materials to reduce landfill use and provide low-cost items to build new homes for families in need. Salem West shares a similar mission, so a partnership between the two organizations makes a lot of sense.”

Zimmermann said she hopes as people are involved in spring cleaning they consider stopping at the ReStore before they go to the landfill with any useable items that still have life left in them.

The ReStore is located at 1110 Wright St., across the street from the National Guard Armory in Brainerd. Donated items should be dropped off at the ReStore’s loading dock. Look for the Salem West truck and signs.

Visit the ReStore’s website at for a complete list of items that will be accepted.

Celebrating its 10th year in business, the ReStore sells new and used items to raise money for Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity. Habitat uses the money to build affordable houses for families in need in Crow Wing, Cass and Hubbard counties. The ReStore is open Wednesday through Saturday.

Salem West began in 1993 and is a social ministry outreach run by Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood. The organization accepts donated clothes, household items and furniture to offer to those in need in local communities. All services are free and the organizations reported are only possible through the generous donations from the community.

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