Habitat for Humanity ‘Grab and Go,’ grocery raffle underway


By Ciara Conley

cconley@civitasmedia.com

Habitat for Humanity is currently raising funds for upcoming projects through their second annual ‘Grocery Grab’ raffle.

The funds raised will allow the organization to continue their operations in providing affordable housing to those in need.

“Sometimes we build as many as two homes a year,” said Fundraising Chair, Nancy Donini. “The families fiance the homes at a zero percent interest rate, so we’re slowly paid back by the home-owners, but that process takes some time. If we want to continue, we need to keep raising funds.”

There are currently twelve homes in Scioto County built courtesy of Habitat for Humanity.

“Not only are we helping families, but we’re also helping the city or the township. Beforehand, that property may have been vacant, or had an old structure on it. The new homes help to generate tax revenue, they also help to spruce up the neighborhood. We’ve seen improvement in the places we’ve built, sometimes it inspires the neighbors to clean up around their homes, or put flowers out, things like that,” said Donini.

Participants can purchase raffle tickets for $10 each for a chance to win the opportunity to grab whatever they desire from Blackburn’s Fuel, Food and Pharmacy for 90 seconds. If they would like to elect someone else to run on their behalf, they also have that option. The winner can set the time that works best for their grab as well.

There will also be $100 and $50 gift card winners. Winners will be drawn on March 31, on the Steve Hayes morning show, Mix 99.3.

“If you don’t necessarily need the groceries, or you want to buy tickets in the name of a food pantry or other organization, that is perfectly fine too,” explained Donini. “Gary Blackburn gave us the largest cart in the store, and we start midway back, that way you’ve already got a head start. The run will be held April 5, so you’ve got five days from the announcement to scope out the store and see what you want. It’s really fun, last year, the winner had her nephew run for her, he was probably about 15 or 16 and he was just sprinting through the store. We all had a good laugh and a good time.”

Donini says restrictions do apply, alcohol, pharmaceuticals and stamps will not be included. Meat selections will be limited.

Tickets are available for purchase by contacting any Habitat for Humanity volunteer. You can also call the office at 740-353-4993 and leave a message or call Nancy Donini at 740-858-5429.

The organization will also be hosting an indoor/outdoor yard-sale on May 20 on the Gallic Street side of Sole Choice, 830 Murray Street. Domini says the organization is currently accepting donations.

The Habitat for Humanity Fall Ball will be held Oct. 14 at the Southern Ohio Medical Center Friends Center, with musical guest, Shane Runion.

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