The Kamloops Habitat for Humanity ReStore closed on July 30 and moved to Salmon Arm.
I feel like a good friend has died.
My interest in Habitat for Humanity started during a trip to Ontario. I saw the group was building a house just down the street from my mom’s place.
It was the first I had heard of the non-profit and I was eager to get involved. However, it was a few years before Habitat organized in Kamloops.
I did volunteer as soon as I knew there was a ReStore and only retired a few weeks ago.
Dustin, the first manager, worked long and hard to get the store organized and open. He was almost always smiling and was always helpful and grateful to staff and volunteers.
He readily acknowledged how valued our customers were. Other managers of the same ilk were Tom and Deb.
I thank those three especially for making my volunteer time something to look forward to each week.
Over the years, I worked with many managers, staff and volunteers. It was our customers that kept me going. They were like family and I had the privilege of getting to know several of them quite well.
It was always exciting to see what treasures they brought to the till. Thank you to all those faces I got to know and love — staff, volunteers and customers.
I expect they will miss the ReStore as much as I do.