POSTED: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 3:30am
UPDATED: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 3:44am
Dozens of bidders attended the Habitat for Humanity Clean Sweep Auction on Saturday, putting down good money for unique items from Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore on Tyler Street.
The auction was the first of what officials hope will be an annual occurrence, and Saturday’s funds went to help pay for a new truck for the ReStore to pick up donations.
“We need to raise about $20,000 total. We are very careful with our donors’ money, so we are going to make sure we make a good deal,” said LaJuan Hollis, executive director for Longview’s Habitat for Humanity.
Hollis invited local auction legend Walt Cade, of the A&E television show “Storage Wars: Texas” to run the benefit auction.
Cade lives in Longview near Hallsville and said he thought the event raised a good amount of money for the charity.
“This is home, and I am not going to turn down anything from home if I can help it. I am always interested in the charities,” Cade said.
Habitat for Humanity exists to build simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need. The ReStore sells building materials, new, gently used and surplus items, furniture and home decor that have been donated to raise money for the building projects.
Longview’s Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1985 and built its 80th home in October, Hollis said.
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