Habitat for Humanity in Stokes County is offering a free shredding service for the community on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. until noon in the parking lot of Century 21 SmithLove Realty at 625 South Main Street in King.
“You just show up during that time and get rid of those important papers the safe way,” said Habitat member Sandy Smith.
Over the years, Smith said the county has been a strong support to Habitat through donations and volunteer hours and this was a way to give back while raising awareness of the organization.
“Funding has gotten harder as with all non-profits. We need more volunteers. So, we’ll be passing out information on Saturday for ways the public can get involved,” Smith 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. The local chapter serves all of Stokes County and the board of directors come from communities in King, Walnut Cove, Germanton, Pine Hall, Sandy Ridge, Pinnacle, and Danbury.
“I love Habitat,” Smith said. “It does more than just put a roof over someone’s head. It provides a sense of dignity and pride for each member of the family. There is more stability in the home. Statistics have shown that kids do better in school and in turn do better in their adult life.”
While the organization greatly impacts families, it isn’t a free program. Homeowners pay an interest free mortgage and also invest in the home by putting in sweat equity hours. Habitat has been best been described as being a hand up program, not a handout.
“Watching the faces of homeowners when they receive the keys to their new home at the dedication service warms my heart and will bring tears to your eyes,” Smith said.
For more information about Stokes County Habitat for Humanity visit http://habitatstokes.org. Saturday’s shredding event from 9 a.m. until noon is free to the public, but donations will be accepted.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.