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Habitat for Humanity to host garage sale

Habitat for Humanity of St. Francois County will hold a garage sale April 30, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Long Memorial Hall on Columbia Street in Farmington.

“We’re trying to build house number eight, and we’ve hit a snag in terms of funding,” said Mary Woodney, who is organizing the sale. “We’re hoping to raise quite a bit of money to get the building going again. We have a great family waiting to move in this summer, so we’re doing everything we can to help them reach their goal.”

Items for the sale may be dropped off at Long Hall, between April 25-29.

The sale will include everything, but such items as large furniture, food items or clothing.

“Since it’s time for spring-cleaning, we hope we can help people get rid of some of their nicer, but no-longer-needed items,” Woodney said. “We’d like to raise as much money as possible with this sale.”

The Halbrook family is waiting for building to resume on their future house on Perrine. While families make low, monthly, no-interest mortgage payments once the house is finished, Habitat must come up with the initial money and resources while it works with the family to build the house. About $40,000 is needed to complete this eighth Habitat house in St. Francois County.

“We knew it would take awhile to build,” said Justin Halbrook, who will share the house with wife Sarah and 2-year-old son Chanceten. “But we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to own our own home.”

The non-profit, Christian housing ministry is also trying to build two houses instead of one this year.

“It turned out that the lot on Perrine was large enough to build two houses instead of one which was great,” said Sarah Haas, Habitat Development Committee, “and we’re glad we went ahead with building, but now we’re feeling the crunch for the funding.”

Haas said anyone who would like to help speed construction by making a tax-deductible donation to Habitat may do so by mailing it to Habitat for Humanity of St. Francois County, P.O. Box 743, Farmington, MO 63640.

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