Fifteen members of the Bronxville High School Habitat for Humanity Club and their advisors, Chris Doyle and Zhanna Cabrera, volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity store in New Rochelle on March 6 to restore the building and organize various items brought into the store.
“It feels terrific to help a community in need, especially one that is so close to ours,” ninth-grader Kirsten Ircha said. “We are so fortunate, and that is why it is important to give back.”
The students unloaded trucks of donations, painted the store and removed unwanted goods from it. The Habitat for Humanity store sells donated furniture and other home furnishings. Proceeds from the sales benefit the organization and help benefactors build homes for people in need in Yonkers, New Rochelle and other areas of Westchester.
In addition to restoring the building, the students unpacked boxes of items used in the Oscar-winning movie “Bridge of Spies” and “The Girl on the Train,” filmed in Westchester. The movie memorabilia, which included tape recording devices, furniture, home furnishings, books, files and a Photoshopped picture of Tom Hanks, was sorted and will be available for purchase at the store.
“Habitat for Humanity does an amazing job making sure that any extra items, like furniture, are put to great use,” junior Sasha Ircha said.
Doyle said he’s proud of his students for donating their time to serve the local community through their work with Habitat for Humanity.
“There are many people in the Westchester area who need help with housing, and our students rise to the challenge,” he said.
In April, members of the club will help build a home in the area and also raise money for the organization through an egg hunt.
Photo captions: Members of the Bronxville High School Habitat for Humanity Club volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity store in New Rochelle on March 6 to restore the building and organize various items brought into the store.
Photo courtesy of the Bronxville Union Free School District