Donor Profile: Cameron Kitchen & Bath Designs

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Our donors give for a variety of reasons–a move, a renovation, an upgrade—but they all have one thing in common: our mission to eliminate substandard housing resonates with them. Cameron Kitchen & Bath Design is just such a donor, who found that their charitable giving aligned perfectly with the ReStore’s mission and practices.

Founded in 1952, Cameron Kitchen & Bath Designs furnishes and installs kitchens and bathrooms across the whole Mississippi Gulf Coast area, relying on its own employees’ expertise to get the job done. Owner Jerry Johnson acquired the business in 1980 and, as a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, is himself an accredited kitchen and bath designer. Johnson and his team aim to “do quality work, stand behind it, and be able to help customers we’ve worked with. If I can satisfy the children of the people we’ve done work for, we’ll have ever-expanding possibilities,” he says.

Like Cameron, the Habitat ReStore strives to make a long-term impact on the New Orleans community. Items sold in the ReStore provide a self-sustaining source of funding for New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, allowing us to build homes with our partner families. The ReStore also enables local homeowners to improve their homes by offering an affordable source for building and improvement supplies, and, by accepting donations of unwanted or unused appliances, building materials, and furniture, we’re able to keep those items out of landfills.

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Cameron, as a local business, is invested in New Orleans and has made a habit of giving back to its community. For fundraisers at area schools, Cameron Kitchen & Bath will often donate a kitchen or bath design to be raffled off in order to raise money. Johnson had long been familiar with Habitat for Humanity’s reputation in New Orleans and recently discovered a way to marry Cameron Kitchen & Bath Design’s philanthropy with the Habitat ReStore’s mission.  “We happened to have a large Viking range as well as a brand new Kohler whirlpool tub that we ended up not using on a job,” says Johnson, “so we gave it to the Habitat Restore, thinking they could make use of it.”

Johnson’s advice for other businesses is to consider donating to the Habitat ReStore as a logical alternative to sending valuable resources to the landfill. Says Johnson, “Someone might still want it, which turns into money for the Habitat ReStore, and then for Habitat for Humanity.” Giving to the ReStore just makes good sense!

To find quality items for a great price, come visit us at the ReStore this week! We’re located at 2900 Elysian Fields Avenue, open from 10-6 Tuesday through Saturday.  Interested in donating? Swing by to drop your donation off, sign up for a pickup on our website, or give us a call at 504-943-2240.