NAS Whidbey barracks furniture get second life at Habitat
14 Dec 2016
By Patricia Guthrie
If you favor sturdy and sensible furniture and college dorm decor, Island County Habitat for Humanity has some deals for you.
Make that 2,100 deals.
That’s the number of pieces of used, government-issue furniture now available at Habitat’s two island stores, courtesy of a barracks furniture update at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
Rows of shiny black refrigerators and stacks of night stands, dressers and captain’s beds were cleaned up and put on sale at Habitat’s stores in Oak Harbor and Freeland. It is the largest single donation to the local nonprofit housing program in its 21-year history, said Brett D’Antonio, executive director of Habitat for Humanity for Island County.
“The whole point was to avoid taking it to the dump,” D’Antonio said. “We’ve diverted 95 tons from ending up in a landfill and we’re able to sell it in order to help build houses.”