Seeking donated used tools, volunteers Saturday, March 30

Inez Russell, executive director of Waco’s Friends for Life, announced Friday the newest project for the 30-year old organization. The group plans to open a tool thrift shop at 430 Lake Air Dr. (the old Another Season’s Consignment Shop). The first donation drop-off and volunteer sign-up are set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 30 at the new building.

The project is patterned on a successful program in Fairport, NY, which has raised more than $750,000 in its 8-year history for a senior services program in Fairport. The New York program is sharing valuable information with Friends for Life on setting up the new shop. The program will be staffed and managed by volunteers with the goal of providing on-going funding for Friends for Life’s work with the elderly and people with disabilities in 45 Texas counties.

“We have been blessed with a perfect building in a perfect location,” Russell said, “and, best of all, we can use it at no charge for one year to get the tool shop up and running” 

The building, she continued, is large enough for the tool shop with space for clients to learn additional life-skills. Russell said the program will offer volunteer opportunities perfect for retirees, both those who know tools and those who don’t. New Hewitt resident Kevin Lane, who worked in the New York program, is already recruiting volunteers and spreading the news that there’s a new home for retired tools in any condition in Waco.

Tool drop-offs will be scheduled regularly until the shop is up and running. A grand opening is being planned for Saturday, June 29.

The shop needs shelving, display units, bins for small items and pegboards to hang tools, as well as building tools. This new DIY resource will complement Habitat for Humanity’s Restore’s diverse array of donated building materials and
supplies.

If you are interested in Volunteering, fill out an application here!

For more information, please go friendsforlife.org, call Easton Preston, 772-7600 or email tools@friendsforlife.org

The following link features a video about the Fairport, NY, program from 2015 that gives a nice overview of what the new shop will be: