A new home is a pre­cious gift

This hol­i­day sea­son give the gift of a home by do­nat­ing to Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Nova Sco­tia's on­line Gift­builder store

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Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Nova Sco­tia has the per­fect so­lu­tion for the per­son who has every­thing on your gift list. With the Habi-tat for Hu­man­ity on­line Gift­Builder store you can do­nate the value of reg­u­larly used build­ing sup­plies and tools in the name of a friend or fam­ily mem­ber.

“The items in­cluded in our gift giv­ing cat­a­logue are all things that we would nor-mally pur­chase,” says Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Nova Sco­tia mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Kathryn Toope. “We then send out a spe­cially cre­ated video that can be used to no­tify your loved one that a gift has been made in their hon­our.”

Since 1992 Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Nova Sco­tia has been work­ing to help fam­i­lies build and pur­chase qual­ity af­ford­able homes. The or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides quali-fied fam­i­lies with no down pay­ment, no in­ter­est mort­gages, capped at 30 per cent of a fam­ily’s an­nual in­come. Re­cip­i­ents are re­quired to con­trib­ute 500 hours of “sweat eq­uity” to the project, ei­ther by work­ing on their house or by vol­un­teer­ing with other projects.

Toope says the on­line store is a great an­ti­dote for waste­ful gift giv­ing. “We of­fer cus­tom­ized do­na­tion pack­ages, and we also have op­por­tu­ni­ties for cor­po­rate dona­tions. It’s a great way to sup­port our work.”

The Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Gift­Builder store can be found at habi­tatns.ca/Gift-Builder habi­tatns.ca/Gift-Builder

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