NASHVILLE, TN – As Tom Brown looks over a huge collection of used office furniture inside Nashville Electric Service’s garage, he sees a new house for a deserving family. Tom is the HomeStore Director for Habitat for Humanity, and every desk, chair, and filing cabinet donated by NES and loaded onto a semi is heading to his store.
Brown says, “This is going to generate thousands of dollars for Habitat for Humanity.”
Every dollar earned by the sale of this furniture will help raise the roof on a new home. The money will pay for nails, lumber, and all the building supplies that make a house a home. That normally comes with a price tag of close to $50,000.
It’s the largest donation of its kind to the local agency. It’s so big, the HomeStore may have to rent more space. Brown says that’s a good problem to have. “This is the kind of support that motivates us. Honestly, it means the world to us because it makes a statement to the entire community. If NES is doing it, maybe we should too.”
Decosta Jenkins, President & CEO of Nashville Electric says, “We saw this as an opportunity to help, and we won’t mind if others follow in our footsteps. Habitat for Humanity is such a worthwhile cause.”
The Habitat HomeStore, at 1001 Eighth Avenue South, opened its doors in January 2003. The retail store accepts donations of new or used household items and building materials. Habitat has completed one house and is in the process of building another home funded completely by HomeStore revenue.