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ReStore to host community sustainability event

A free Sustainable Families Preparedness Fair will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

The event is geared to heighten community awareness and share information about becoming more sustainable when emergencies arise.

Volunteer Myra Dolan has been organizing the event for about two months and collected about 30 presenters who will offer expertise at the event.

She said the fair has been organized with no funding, but with lots of interest in reaching out to the community.

"We want people to be prepared," she said. "This is a wonderful public service. We want people to support it."

Among topics to be covered: food, water storage and sanitation; wheat grinding demonstration for kids; pressure canner gauge testing; wheat storage; 10 alternative cooking methods when power is out; food canning, dehydration and storage containers; storing grains for gluten sensitives; uses of dried corn; shelter in place; smoke detectors; and gardening. There will be free popcorn and drawings throughout the day for items such as emergency kits.

Extension agents will be on hand to offer tips for canning as well as soil testing.

The Charleston Fire Department will conduct an interactive fire extinguisher practice.

Health officials will be on hand to discuss CPR and first aid.

Kanawha County Amateur Radio Club will have demonstrations.

Bring a gallon of your favorite dry beans, lentils, old-fashioned oats, popcorn or grains to have them vacuum-sealed. One bag will be packed per family.

Dolan said the list of participants just keeps growing as experts in various areas jump on board to share their knowledge.

The fair will be held at Habitat for Humanity's Homeowner Education and Community Center, 815 Court St. The center is attached to the ReStore and located on the corner of Piedmont and Court streets across from Green's Feed and Seed.

Those who visit the fair are encouraged to bring items to be donated to local food pantries such as canned food, dry milk, and peanut butter.

Also, new and re-useable items may be brought and donated to the ReStore.

Dolan said the fair is sure to be an enjoyable and educational experience.  

"I'm still getting calls from people wanting to set up," she said. "I'm excited. I hope everyone will come out. It sure will be fun."

Email Dolan at for more information.


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