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Nonprofit organizations benefit from Habitat ReStore

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GASTONIA—Nonprofit organizations are getting much needed help trading excess supplies, that sit around getting dusty, for much needed equipment.

It is similar to a barter system. Friday's deal involved 20,000 shovels and a whole bunch of doors. A box truck from Tennessee arrived at the Habitat ReStore in Gastonia Friday morning, eager to make a trade.

Inside the truck were dozens of doors that may have otherwise gone to waste.

"The doors are kind of small so we won't have a lot of reason to use them. But we do use a lot of shovels. We break quite a few shovels every year, so it's going to work out perfect,” said Brick Smith with the Appalachia Service Project.

Volunteers wasted no time unloading the truck, full of excitement for the new stuff. They even said it felt like Christmas morning. The doors they received can be sold in the ReStore, or used in the construction department.

As for the trade off: hundreds of shovels.

"We identify those non profits that have excess and we identify non profits that have needs. And we just match them up. We redeploy items from one non profit to another,” said Restore Global's Steven Wray.

Restore Global works with a network of non profits across the state and country. Wray said they find brand new, perfectly good items and line them up with an organization in need. Instead of sitting in a warehouse collecting dust, the excess equipment will be put to use somewhere else.

"It's very exciting. It's saving our affiliates thousands of dollars in equipment costs, also generating a revenue stream that will help us serve hundreds of families,” said Habitat for Humanity's Meg Robertson.

This is the first time the Gastonia Habitat ReStore took part in an exchange. They will also receive a shipment of 12,000 rakes Saturday morning.

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