Tuesday, January 24, 2012
This is my kitchen with the new appliances.
These are the old appliances waiting in the garage.
Here comes the ReStore truck, from Habitat for Humanity.
This is Anthony, who works for Habitat for Humanity. He is also an auctioneer. He told me about a trip to Kenya he made with his pastor. Newborn babies there were being treated for HIV Aids with medication from the United States. Anthony told the the bishop about his work with Habitat and about being an auctioneer. The bishop told him he was doing "a good thing" with Habitat, but not such a good thing as an auctioneer. In Kenya auctioneers work for the government to sell off the personal property confiscated from those who can not pay their taxes. Anthony explained the role of an auctioneer here in the United States, and then provided a demonstration for the people there, auctioning off some shoulder bags that the women make from used feed bags. The people were entertained by the fast-talking style, and there was much laughter.
Habitat for Humanity does not place the used appliances in the homes they build; rather, the appliances are sold at a discount in their ReStore stores. The money is then used to purchase new appliances for the homes, so that every new homeowner gets brand new appliances along with their new Habitat homes.