Walmart chips in for Habitat for Humanity

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Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald Moses Lake Walmart manager Galen Mathis (left) presents a donation to Tasha Tommer (center), affiliate director of Greater Moses Lake Habitat for Humanity, and Habitat for Humanity board president Lynn Garza (right).

MOSES LAKE — Habitat for Humanity of Greater Moses Lake is soliciting donations for its next project house, and the fund got a boost this week with a $1,000 donation from the Moses Lake Walmart.

The company has a charitable foundation, and individual stores can access the “Dollars for Good” fund for local projects. Moses Lake Walmart manager Galen Mathis said he had worked on Habitat for Humanity projects while at a store in Spokane. “We were part of three or four homes,” he said, and it’s a project he wanted to support in Moses Lake.

Board chair Lynn Garza said the Greater Moses Lake chapter has been building a house about every three years. The goal is to build a house every year, Garza said.

To that end the chapter has started raising money for its next house, including a $2,500 donation from Lamb-Weston and monthly donations from the Moses Lake Presbyterian Church. She estimated it takes about $100,000 to build a house, in addition to the donated materials and labor.

That includes labor from the homeowners, who also are required to make monthly payments. “It’s a hand up, not a handout,” Garza said.

Donations can be made on the organization’s Facebook page or on its website.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at education@columbiabasinherald.com.

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