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Tool library sets up shop in Thomasville

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August 15, 2007

Thomasville-- Berean Baptist church moved their congregation into the old VFW building 10 years ago.  Their pastor Andrew Hamilton says they're working hard to improve the old building. "We need classrooms, we need to expand the building," says Hamilton.  Along with some maintenance projects, the church needs a lot of work.

But like many other buildings and homes in Thomas county, the work can't be done without the proper tools.  "It's a lot of sub-par housing simply because people don't have the money to do it the way it needs to be done," explains Terry Hurst, manager at Loblolly Lumber.

That's why RMI developed a library to help with home-maintenance. But you can borrow much more than books.  Anyone in Thomas county, homeowner or not can come to the tool library and borrow a tool from as small as a hammer, to as powerful as a nail gun.

"As people have the opportunity to use the tools, then they have a better opportunity to finish the job and keep their house in better repair," says founder of the tool library, Graham Bell.  Hurst adds, "We see it as a real enhancement to the community to be able to bring some of the houses into more of a standard for these people and their children to live in."

That's why Loblolly Lumber donated more than $2,000 worth of tools to get the tool library off the ground.  "We're continually looking for more donations. We will take new or used tools, and we would appreciate any help the community can give," says Bell. 

So people like Hamilton, who want to make repairs, have the means to do it affordably. "I can rent tools and work on the church at no cost.  And I don't have to go out and buy a tool." Because even the smallest tool, can help make big changes.

Anyone in Thomas county can borrow from the tool library for free. The only charge comes if a tool is returned dirty or damaged. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.

 

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