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Plummer’s Hardware donates $500 to Habitat for Humanity

Plummer’s Hardware, located at 101 E. Liberty Street in Farmington, has donated $500 to Habitat for Humanity of St. Francois County.

The money for the Christian housing ministry was collected from donations taken at the cash register. The proceeds represent $250 from customer donations, with a matching gift from Plummer’s.

“We’re just happy to be of some help to this worthy cause,” said Scott Plummer, owner. “I understand the good folks of Habitat for Humanity are anxious to complete their eighth house, and we just wanted to help out in any way we can.”

Currently, Habitat for Humanity of St. Francois County is in the process of building its eighth home on Perrine Street in Farmington. The last home completed, for the Howard family, was dedicated last January and was also located on Perrine Street.

The Halbrook house, according to Habitat officials, will need about $30,000 more in funding to complete. Once finished, it will be home to Justin, wife Sarah, and 2-year-old son Chanceten.

The housing ministry pursued some lofty ambitions, said Habitat Development Committee member Sarah Haas, when it tackled building two houses at a time, instead of one, as they usually do. But the members of Habitat are optimistic the funds can be raised, and members and volunteers are hopeful construction can be finished by end of summer so the Halbrooks can settle in.

Shelley Bush-Rowe, co-chairman with Byron Taylor for Habitat, said Plummer’s donation comes at a great time.

“Our success in providing simple, decent housing wouldn’t be possible without help from civic-minded businesses, churches and individuals,” she said. “It’s really gratifying when everyone can get together and improve their community, one house at a time. Plummer’s really embodies the spirit of a business getting involved in its community.”

It’s not a house give-away program, Bush-Rowe said. While Habitat for Humanity provides the initial building costs and resources for the houses it builds, the families who partner with the non-profit organization help build their own houses. They also make low, monthly, no-interest mortgage payments to help fund more Habitat houses, for more families, in the future.

“As the St. Francois County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, it’s really a sound premise, building houses for a section of our population who might not be able to afford a house any other way,” she said. “The homeowners, with their payments and their partnership, truly own their own home, which in turn creates property tax that benefits our schools, roads and infrastructure.”

For more information on Habitat for Humanity of St. Francois County, visit their web site at www.HabitatSFC.org.

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