Wow. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore here in Athens is joining our book drive! For the month of October, the children’s books collected will be given to Books for Keeps. I’m floored.

Would you believe… the woman organizing the ReStore event is the former 2nd grade teacher who helped me start Books for Keeps that very first year, when we were calling it a Summer Satchel? Thank you, Kim!

So here’s the thing: you can take books for Books for Keeps AND all your other unwanted household items to ReStore, get rid of them, AND get a tax receipt… all at the same time! (Do some shopping while you’re there too; you wouldn’t believe the lamps I got for $15!)

Thank you, Habitat for Humanity!

Following is an announcement I’m passing along from Habitat:

In recognition of World Habitat Day 2010, the Athens Habitat ReStore will hold a Donation Drive from 9am – 5pm on October 4th. The ReStore offers the community an active venue for reusing and recycling building materials, home furnishings, clothes, books, and other materials that would otherwise be thrown away.

During the month of October, the Habitat ReStore will also partner with the Books for Keeps program to collect new and gently used books to give to children who might otherwise not have their own books. Donations to the ReStore are tax deductible and all profits from sales stay in the community to support Habitat’s continuing effort to eliminate poverty housing.

The Athens World Habitat Day celebration will end with a benefit party at Hendershot’s, located at 1560 Oglethorpe Avenue in Athens, from 7 – 10pm. The event will feature a band and a raffle. It’s free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $10/raffle ticket.

Athens Area Habitat for Humanity is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Since 1988, Athens Habitat, along with our dedicated volunteers, has built 70 single-family homes, 16 Emergency Handicapped Access Ramps (EHARP), and began renovating a 16-unit apartment complex for affordable rent. Learn more at