Realtor association encourages spring cleaning and giving hearts

Greater Alexandria Area Association of Realtors aims to fill Habitat for Humanity ReStore

From left to right assistant ReStore manager Mona Strege stands next to committee chairs Brandon Stanek and Glen Bearson as well as GAAAR CEO Heather Ahrens. The Consumer Outreach Committee of the Greater Alexandria Area Association of Realtors plans events in the community with the goal of connecting to others and giving back. (Contributed)

Are you looking to fill your pot with more gold this St. Patrick’s Day, or are you willing to give some away?

The Greater Alexandria Area Association of Realtors will be picking up donations for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Wednesday, March 17.

The slogan for the day is, “Help fill our pot o’ gold for the ReStore!”

The association chose St. Patrick’s Day to “add some fun to the whole idea,” said Heather Ahrens, CEO of the Greater Alexandria Area Association of Realtors.

The idea came up around this time last year, during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. While doing some spring cleaning, association members thought it could be an opportunity to help out the local ReStore.


A recent newsletter said the ReStore was in need of donations, as January and February are slower months.

After hearing this, the association kickstarted a pick-up day idea to encourage people to consider giving away instead of throwing away during their spring cleaning endeavors. If it goes well, Ahrens said she would like it to become an annual event.

“It is our commitment to the community to get connected and give back,” Ahrens said. “This is just one of the ways we are looking at supporting the community that we all work and live in.”

Those interested in donating may call 320-762-2022 to schedule a pick-up time. Acceptable donations include household items such as appliances, building materials, cabinets, countertops, furniture, lighting, tools, windows and more.

Jasmine Johnson joined the Echo Press staff in May 2020 as a general assignment reporter. She grew up in Becker, Minn., and later studied journalism and graphic design at Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minn.
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