It’s 6:21 p.m. ET and my partner, driver, cook and Habitat volunteer, Jimmy Smith, just crawled into bed. It’s the end of our third day working with the Highlands County Habitat for Humanity in Sebring, FL.
Jimmy put in another full day on the construction site helping build the interior walls of House 6.
I, on the other hand, volunteered at the Habitat ReStore in downtown Sebring.
The Habitat ReStore accepts donations of new and used household and home improvement items and resells them to the public at significantly low cost. Proceeds from their sale are used to build homes with low-income families.
This time of year, the Habitat ReStore is featuring a great assortment of holiday decorations, including everything from artificial Christmas trees to twinkling lights, holly-covered dinner wear and stockings to hang for Santa to fill.
In addition to greeting and helping customers, part of my job for the day included “product placement” of holiday items around the store … stuffed bears with Santa hats perched on rockers, decorative candles and centerpieces arranged on tables, and wreaths handing on walls along the stair case.
Another side benefit was meeting and chatting with many of great people who are volunteering their time and good cheer.
Photos: RV Care-a-Vanner Julianne G. Crane sorts through holiday items at Habitat ReStore.