Bird houses are helping to build Habitat homes
Last year, local Fonthill resident, Paul Ryan, built over 600 bird houses to sell as a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Niagara – and they were such a big hit that he has built more this year!
It’s been another busy winter for Paul as he hunkered down to hand craft hundreds of birdhouses to be sold in Niagara Habitat for Humanity ReStores in Fonthill, Grimsby and St.Catharines.
Paul has lived in Fonthill all his life and likes to give back to his community, and last year the bird houses raised over $3,000 toward building Habitat homes.
“I’ve got to do something because I wasn’t ready to retire,” Paul explains. “I have always donated my time and helped a variety of local service clubs and charities. I feel strongly about Habitat for Humanity, homeowners put in time and it’s not a ‘hand up, it’s a hand out.”
Since January, Paul has spent many hours in his workshop crafting bird houses with scraps of wood he received from various builders and some materials from Habitat’s ReStore in Fonthill.
“Paul is a wonderful supporter of Habitat,” said Jodi Krah, Fonthill ReStore Manager. “During the winter Paul donates wreaths, bird feeders and bird houses and during the summer he brings in fantastic planters all created by Paul in his workshop. Often Paul is featured in our local papers contributing his time and skills to our community. Not only is Habitat lucky to have such a talented donor, but our entire town benefits by his generosity.”
The bird houses are for sale at both of Habitat for Humanity Niagara’s ReStores in Fonthill (HWY 20 beside Picards), Grimsby (185 South Service Rd.) and St. Catharines (150 Bunting Rd.) for $5 each. They are unfinished and can be painted or decorated any way you’d like – and make a great Mother’s Day gift!