Greater Cleveland Tool Drive

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO)- On Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at 11:00 am, Mayor Frank Jackson, County Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones, County Treasurer Jim Rokakis along with other community and civic leaders will join representatives from Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity to kick off the organization's Second Annual Tool Drive, at Habitat's facility at 2110 West 110th Street in Cleveland.

The countywide Tool Drive, running through Wednesday, June 30, asks residents, organizations and businesses to donate new and used tools, as well as cabinets, sinks, building materials, and appliances, to Habitat for Humanity.

The donated items will be sold at the organization's ReStore, a recycled building materials store located at 2110 W. 110th Street. Proceeds from ReStore sales will be used to help Habitat build and rehabilitate homes for those in need.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore sells rescued, recycled and donated building materials, tools and household items at a fraction of standard retail costs, with proceeds supporting Habitat's operations. Providing affordable construction materials and tools so that the community can repair, renovate and rehab deteriorating housing stock supports their mission to "eliminate poverty housing" while keeping tons of materials out of local landfills.

Supporters will also be able to make monetary donations to Habitat "at the cash register" at Do-it Best Hardware Stores, all five locally owned Phoenix Coffee shops, Shops, the Root Café, Dewey's Coffee Café and the Popcorn Shop Factory.

The Tool Drive encourages participants to look through basements, garages, workbenches, warehouses, storage lockers and tool kits and then donate duplicates or items they haven't used in years. This is an excellent way to put a deceased loved one's tool set back into good hands, for the benefit of the community. It's also a great way for businesses and organizations to eliminate unnecessary storage expenses, floor stock and overhead.

This is a great opportunity to gather up the stuff cleaned out of the garage and basement for Mother's Day, and over the Memorial Day weekend and donate it to an organization that is helping others. It's also a great time to pick up a new tool for Dad for Father's day and donate the old one to Habitat.

One of the area's largest recyclers, ReStore will also accept remodeling materials such as kitchen and bathroom cabinets, windows, doors, light fixtures, lumber and appliances. Residents remodeling their homes should request that their contractors donate salvaged materials to the ReStore as a routine part of demolition. Contractors should never again pay to dump viable materials that could be put to good use.

Churches, organizations and businesses are encouraged to hold individual Tool Drives, collect materials and then arrange for a drop-off time at the ReStore. Small Tools can also be dropped off at the 14 area Do-It-Best locations. Those donating very large items, such as cabinets, sinks, furniture and appliances, who do not have the ability to deliver these items themselves, can call the ReStore to schedule a pick up. Habitat is also seeking volunteers to help with pick-ups and to work in the ReStore on a regular basis. For more information please visit

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