Newport News ReStore Recognizes Earth Day with April 23 Donation Drive

Earth Day is an annual milestone that encourages us to stop for a moment and invest in our planet — a concept that’s easy to embrace yet daunting if we ask what can we do that really makes a difference?

Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg recommends an easy solution that benefits you, the environment and your local community.

Donate to the Habitat ReStores in Newport News and Williamsburg. In fact, on April 23, one day after Earth Day, the Newport News ReStore at 371 Chatham Drive will sponsor a donation drive to coincide with Earth Day. A ReStore truck will be parked at the front of the store, making it easy for anyone to drive right up with donations that will be unloaded by staff.

“Anybody can donate, anybody can shop and anybody can volunteer at the ReStore,” said Janet V. Green, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg. “In order to raise the millions of dollars we have at the ReStore, we’ve relied on the generosity of our community.”

Donated items are either resold at 30% to 90% off retail or they are recycled. Proceeds go toward the Habitat mission of building homes, community and hope.

Folks looking to tackle spring cleaning and the clutter that amassed over the colder months can tidy their homes while supporting an outstanding cause.

“The ReStore has helped divert tens of thousands of tons of stuff from landfills by reusing, recycling, repurposing and restoring items that are truly treasures to some folks,” said Tina McCabe, Director of the Newport News ReStore.

Most know to donate gently used furniture and appliances, but what else? A few ideas:

  • Dishes and china
  • Books and CDs
  • Collectibles and knickknacks
  • Children’s toys, board games and gaming equipment
  • Jewelry
  • Electrical and plumbing hardware and tools

If you haven’t used a kitchen appliance, crafting materials or linens gifted to you years ago, why not donate these items so that someone in need could benefit? If you’re planning to downsize, spring is an ideal time to sort through everything you’ve accumulated and ask yourself whether you truly will be using it.

If your garage has become a spare room for sports and exercise equipment, free up space with your donations. Get rid of unwanted skis, tennis rackets, golf clubs and golf bags.

You can even donate a car, trailer, RV, trailer or boat to Habitat’s Cars for Homes program. It’s as easy as filling out an online form and arranging a date for someone to come pick it up.

The Newport News ReStore also has a robust metal recycling program that helps generate funds for Habitat’s mission. Aluminum, brass, cast iron, copper, steel and tin are all ideal for recycling.

Of course, both ReStores always accept donations beyond this donation drive; check out everything you can donate here. You can either schedule a free pickup at your home or business or drive to the rear of either store and have staff unload.

Jumpstart your decluttering by donating on April 23. As long as you’re there, pop inside to check out the vast inventory that changes by the day.


Want to invest in the community?


We help as many families as we can, but the lack of decent and affordable housing remains a critical problem in our area. By donating, you will provide upfront funding for building materials and services that makes interest-free loans to Habitat partner families possible. Habitat partner families help to build their own homes - alongside volunteers - and pay an affordable mortgage. Your monetary donations enable us to continue building strength, stability and independence for future local families.