LAURINBURG — Scotland County Habitat for Humanity is hoping to raise money for its mission by auctioning a donated car.
An anonymous donate gave Habitat the burgundy 1999 Buick LeSabre, according to Chris Carpenter, executive director of Scotland County Habitat for Humanity. The auction is already under way and will end on noon Saturday, Carpenter said. Those who wish can go and look it over, take it for a test drive, and make a bid.
The car — with a well-kept interior and approximately 93,000 miles — is parked at Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 12340 McColl Road, Laurinburg. The store supports the mission of Habitat through accepting donations of household goods, furniture and many other items, except clothing.
As of Tuesday around 3 p.m. the highest bid was $1,800, Carpenter said.
Carpenter said Habitat sometimes gives a donated vehicle to someone in need, but this time the nonprofit decided to use it to raise money.
“In this case we had a car that’s in really good shape so we decided we would auction it. There are Habitats out there that auction off items, some of their nicest stuff, nice jewelry, things like that,” Carpenter said.
In conjunction with the conclusion of the auction, on Saturday the store will have every item marked 50 percent. The store will be open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday.
“We are trying to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing to families in need,” Carpenter said. “We do that mainly through our home ownership program to help families who live in housing that is substandard or maybe the community is not safe. Our goal is not only to get them out of that situation if we can but to get them in a home that they pay for with a zero interest mortgage that they pay back to us.”
The homeowners pay property taxes and insurance — just like any other person with a mortgage, he said. The money paid back to Habitat helps fund more homes for other families in need.
“There is so much pride in being a homeowner. You see the pride in their faces because they own and home,” Carpenter said. “All the money we raise beyond our expenses goes toward our mission.”
Chris Chavis, ReStore manager, sees that pride too and said he enjoys being part of the process that helps fund Habitat. By selling donated goods at discounted prices, the store not only helps the mission, but it also helps people who could not otherwise afford some of the items and it helps other bargain-hunters too, he said.
No matter the source of funding, one goal remains, he said.
“All that money goes to building houses,” Chavis said.
Reach Terri Ferguson Smith at 910-506-3169.