Habitat to host event Saturday

Published 3:00 am Friday, December 5, 2014

The Messenger/ Ngoc Vo

Troy-Pike Habitat for Humanity is holding fundraisers on two back-to-back Saturdays to raise money for its next housing project.

The upcoming yard sale and cookie sale are under the Square-foot fundraising campaign, according to Melissa Mikul, acting president for Habitat’s Board of Directors.

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“Through this campaign, we are hoping to raise $50 per square foot to build the next house,” Mikul said, “and the total amount we are hoping to raise is $60,000.”

The yard sale will be on Saturday, Dec. 6 with construction items up for grabs including doors, paint, dishwashers, sinks, mirrors and light fixtures. There will also be miscellaneous household appliances such as lamps and dishes.

Items for sale are donated from community members and local hardware stores, Mikul said. The event will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Troy-Pike Habitat for Humanity office at 210 Montgomery St.

Next Saturday, Dec.13 Troy-Pike Habitat for Humanity will have its annual cookie sale from 8 a.m. to noon at First United Methodist Church downtown Troy.

“This is one of our biggest and most well-known fundraising event and we appreciate community support towards building new homes,” Mikul said.

People who would like to donate homemade goods can bring them to the church on Friday from noon to 8 p.m.

“Usually we have several people from the community and local churches donate cookies, candies and cakes,” she said. “I think the community involvement has been vital to both of these fundraisers. Without communities members we wouldn’t be able to hold such events.”

“We always look for new volunteers and new donors so that we can grow and serve the people of Pike County better.”

According to Mikul, her organization usually makes a few thousand dollars from the cookies sale. The cookies and candies will be sold for $6 per pounds. Participants will have a box to mix and match all the cookies and candies they want. Cakes will be sold as a whole with marked price.

“Children love to come to this fun event,” Mikul said. “The cookies and candies make good gifts to give for Christmas and good (supplements) for office or school parties.”

The cookie sale and yard sale are accompanied by several other fundraisers to build a new home for a family with three children in summer 2015. Mikul said because Habitat for Humanity consists of a volunteer board with no paid staff, 100 percent of the money raised will go toward the project.