‘We don’t purchase product, so donations are vital,’ says Habitat official who is grateful for ‘significant’ donation of more than 8,600 items
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY ONTARIO GATEWAY NORTH
MUSKOKA LAKES — JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka began a complete refurbishment of the entire property including the lobby, public spaces, and guest rooms upon celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018.
The cottage style furnishings in rattan and solid oak with green and gold accented upholstery were replaced with a modern look of dark blue and gray. The management of the resort contacted Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North (OGN), offering all this furniture and décor to be sold in ReStores across their territory – including the one in Orillia on James Street.
“At $60,000, the value of this donation is significant,” says Kimberley Woodcock, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North. “We collected 28 truckloads, representing over 8,600 items – from furniture and lighting, to décor, and art. This allowed us to share this merchandise among all five of the ReStores in our affiliate, which means the profits from sales will benefit build projects in Muskoka and beyond.”
“Our ReStores are social enterprise retailers,” continues Woodcock. “We don’t purchase product, so donations are vital. They fund Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. This year, we have active build projects that will serve eight families in Muskoka and North Simcoe, and more scheduled for 2023. That’s a big impact on communities where the inventory of affordable housing is almost non-existent.”
Habitat for Humanity ReStores welcomes donations of new and used furniture, appliances, décor, and home improvement and building materials, from corporate and personal donors. They also accept e-waste, scrap metal, and non-working appliances, diverting tons of waste from landfills each year.
Profits from ReStore sales support, promote, and financially enable the mission of Habitat for Humanity. Every donation serves the community and creates possibility in a way no other retailer can offer, thanks to their connection to Habitat for Humanity.
Didier Dolivet, general manager of JW Marriott The Rosseau Resort said, “We are delighted to partner with Habitat for Humanity in this noble cause. All the items donated are in excellent condition, as they are only 10 years old. They have been gently used and frequently cleaned. We hope they bring joy to many homes and families across Muskoka. 2022 is a year of Hope and new beginnings for many. This is a small gesture of kindness that we want to share with our community.”