Helping hands donate to local school

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Habitat finds use for products in the community, donates items

Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County is always ready to offer a helping hand in its community.

Most recently, that opportunity came in the form of donated redwood to the ReStore.

Tabetha Smith, vice president of Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County, said she received a call from a gentleman who said he had beautiful redwood that he had no use for any more and wanted to donate it to the ReStore.

“We ended up with 22 barrels of wood,” she said. “That is a lot.”

Smith said a friend of hers mentioned that there are certain species of redwood that cannot be sold due to it being protected.

“So, I called the Department of Conservation, who assured her that it was not the type that was protected,” she said. “I was told that I should find someone who could use it for woodworking projects. A customer happened to mention Robbie Artherton at Cassville schools.”

Artherton is the Cassville school district industrial technology teacher.

“I thought this was another opportunity to reach out to the community,” Smith said. “And this was an opportunity to help, specifically, our local students.”

The wood was donated and picked up by Artherton in January on one of the coldest days of the month.

“Robbie showed up with his truck and loaded it up,” Smith said. “Something that we all looked at and just saw wood, he looked at and can see art and projects.

“We are excited to see what the students will do with the wood. They are artists.”

Artherton said he originally thought he was going to pick up one or two barrels of wood.

“But, it turned out to be 22,” he said. “I don’t know at this time what exact projects will be made with the wood, but I know it will be put to good use.

“We are alway grateful when the community makes donations such as useable material for the shop because we can turn around and use it for student learning.”

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