A church in Charlottesville is donating furniture to habitat for humanity to help support affordable housing. The youth department at Christ Episcopal Church organized the donation drive with collected items from the congregation.

Participants picked up the furniture from church members' houses and delivered it to the Habitat Store on Harris Street Thursday afternoon.

"The Habitat Store is known for just being a huge help to the community and anyone who needs to find affordable furnishings comes here, it's just an incredible way for people to spruce up their home in a way that supports habitat because the money goes to them and habitat does amazing things for affordable housing,” said Amanda McMillen, Christ Church Youth Minister.

The youth department collected more than 50 pieces of furniture to donate. They hope to make another donation next year.

08/08/2019 Release from Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville:

Charlottesville, VA: The youth of Christ Episcopal Church have organized a furniture donation drive to support Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. Led by Church summer intern Riley Davis, they solicited donations from the church congregation, and are picking up the donations and delivering them to The Habitat Store on Thursday, August 8.

Once delivered to the Habitat Store, the donated furniture will be available for sale to the public. Christ Church chose to partner with Habitat due to the long and broad-based partnership between the two organizations.

“We’re very invested in Habitat,” says Associate Rector Marilu Thomas.

Christ Church members volunteer on Habitat build sites and host Community Conversation meetings for Habitat homebuyers.

“This is a great way for our youth, who are too young to volunteer on the job site, to get involved with Habitat,” Thomas says. “Supporting the Habitat Store supports affordable housing in our community. And, it’s a way for us to live out our mission - love God, love people, preach the Gospel,” Thomas says.

The project is a natural fit with the church’s youth ministry. “It gives our kids a chance to serve other members of the church, while providing a team-building experience,” says Amanda McMillen, Christ Church Youth Minister.

McMillen adds that they plan to make the project an annual activity. Habitat Store Operations Manager David Winder says he and the store staff are inspired by the dedication and hard work of the Christ Church youth.

“They’ve really taken the lead in planning and organizing this project,” Winder says. “Their efforts will help raise funds to fulfill our vision: A greater Charlottesville community where everyone can find a decent place to live.”

All store profits help local low-income families to build and purchase homes.

The Habitat Store sells furniture, building supplies and home décor items to the public at discount prices. Located at 1221 Harris Street in Charlottesville, The Habitat Store is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.