Habitat for Humanity partners up with Fort Worth PD for Earth Day

Habitat for Humanity and its volunteers provide good housing for those who can't afford it.

Through donations to its retail shop, the Fort Worth chapter is keeping tons of discarded items out of the landfill. But there's something even bigger on the horizon.

The success Trinity Habitat for Humanity has seen lately is unprecedented.

Manager Patrick Ray says in just one year they’ve saved 1.5 million tons of items from ending up in landfills.

Everything from front doors, to kitchen cabinets, to dining room tables, Habitat sells its donated items for a fraction of the cost at a typical retail store.

Ray credits their success to the widespread name recognition of the organization.

Now, they’re partnering with Fort Worth PD ahead of Earth Day in hopes that the collaboration keeps Habitat fresh in everyone’s minds.

“It means a lot to the police department that there’s an organization in our city that does not just take care of people as a group but individuals that they’re building houses for,” said Fort Worth Police Officer Buddy Calzada.

Back in 2016, Habitat built 32 homes throughout the city. In 2017, the built 40 homes and 59 homes in 2018.

“And so every single year, every single month, we want to do better than we did the prior month or the year before,” Ray said.

And now that Habitat accepts nearly any kind of donation you can think of, Ray says that goal seems more possible to achieve than ever.

Habitat and Fort Worth PD will welcome families from all over to donate and enjoy pre-Easter activities. The fun starts at 11 a.m. Saturday morning at the store on River Oaks Blvd.