The True Value Company announced a significant donation of new merchandise to Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations in the Chicagoland area. The retail value of nearly $350,000 on these products puts True Value’s total donations to Habitat for Humanity in the region at over $1.2 million over the last four years.
The recent donation will be used to stock Habitat ReStores, nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that resell new and gently used furniture, home appliances, building materials and more at significantly reduced prices.
“True Value is committed to the communities where we live and work, and we’re proud to be able to make this product donation to Habitat for Humanity ReStore,” says Chris Kempa, CEO of True Value Company. “Especially during this time of great need, True Value is thankful to help support individuals and families in the Chicago area.”
“The profits that ReStores generate enable Habitat for Humanity affiliates to partner with more local families to build, rehabilitate and repair safe and affordable homes,” says Sarah Brachle Wagner, CEO of Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity. “Particularly during the pandemic, when Habitat saw a significant decrease in corporate donations, ReStores have provided critical funding for Habitat affiliates to continue building and operating.”
Historically, whenever True Value has held a Reunion trade show at McCormick Place in Chicago the company has donated merchandise to Habitat ReStores. Local volunteers from Habitat organize and pack hundreds of pallets of hardware items to be delivered by the truckload to ReStore. When the pandemic arrived, True Value had to scale back its in-person events.
“The pandemic forced us to get creative in how we approached donations to the Habitat ReStores,” says Kempa. “The Reunion trade shows allowed us to partner with our global vendor network to donate new merchandise from these shows to Habitat.”
True Value has been a supporter of Habitat for Humanity for several decades. In the past four years alone, it has donated over $3.5 million to Habitat for Humanity affiliates.