Habitat for Humanity of Stokes County received a $30,000 donation on Sept. 22 from American Snuff Company, Taylor Brothers out of Winston Salem.
“This year we voted to give a one-time gift to someone. We wanted to find that one recipient that would have the greatest impact. This is central to where our employees live; we have 27 from this area. After talking to Ron (Davis), we believe the money is going to be used timely and appropriately,” said Gregory Sawyers, Senior Director of Winston-Salem Operations.
Ron Davis, Stokes Habitat Executive Director for the past ten years, said the donation would be used to purchase at least one lot for the next home, along with construction costs.
“We’re a very small Habitat compared to Winston Salem and Greensboro. Stokes County doesn’t have an urban base because we’re a rural county so $30,000 is a tremendous amount of money to us,” he said.
Nine homes have been built through Stokes Habitat for Humanity in the past 11 years and each recipient still lives in their residence today.
“We have hopes of doubling our output in the next three years. We have plans in place to hopefully build two houses a year, one in the spring, and another in the fall,” Davis said. “This is not only about the families, but it gives people in our community opportunities to donate their time and resources. It also provides businesses an opportunity to give back.”
Davis said once the foundation is poured for a Habitat home, an army of volunteers rally to be part of the process.
“The dedication ceremonies are awesome. There’s definitely tears of joy. It’s a really beautiful thing,” he said.
The sizeable donation came as a surprise to Habitat and its board members. Two years ago American Snuff Company, Taylor Brothers donated $2,500 to the organization and after donating another $2,500 this year, the company’s senior director asked to meet with Davis.
“He mentioned they may have some extra money so I wrote down information that included our history along with some pictures, and honestly some of our struggles. It came together within a couple of weeks,” Davis said. “We’re very appreciative. We hope to purchase property this winter, and possibly start on a home early spring.”
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