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Local shop plans to donate refurbished vacuums to Habitat for Humanity

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Cameron McMillan of Active Vac and Bernina works on a vacuum in the back of the East Gregory Avenue shop. McMillan said vacuums that are taken in as trade-ins, or simply donated to the store between May 1 and July 31, will be refurbished and donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Taking old used vacuums and breathing new life into them is one thing that is done at Sunnyside's Active Vac and Bernina, but that isn't all that is being done at the local store. Cameron McMillan of Active Vac said the shop is refurbishing used machines with plans to donate them to Habitat for Humanity.

McMillan said the idea to donate the vacuums is something that came from Riccar of America, which is the brand of vacuum cleaners that is sold at the local store. He said last year was the first year Riccar donated refurbished machines to Habitat for Humanity. According to McMillan, the Sunnyside store donated eight vacuums to the organization last year, while nationwide nearly 900 machines were donated.

However, McMillan is hoping that this year will be a little different. He said he is hoping to get more local vacuums donated to Habitat for Humanity, noting that vacuums donated in the Yakima Valley go to the Yakima Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

"All the vacuums will stay in the Yakima Valley," McMillan said.

He said all of the vacuums they take in for trade-ins toward the purchase of new Riccar vacuum cleaners between May 1 and July 31 will be refurbished and donated to Habitat for Humanity. He added that people can also simply donate used vacuums to the cause. According to McMillan, all a person has to do is a drop off a used vacuum at the store during business hours, and they will take it, refurbish it and donate it to the organization. The store is located in the Eastway Shopping Center in Sunnyside.

McMillan said the store already has six vacuums it is planning on working on and donating to Habitat for Humanity. He said this year, nationwide, Riccar is hoping to donate more than 2,000 vacuums to the organization.

McMillan explained that refurbishing the machines can take anywhere from an hour to an hour and half and can include, on average, about $30 in parts. All of which, the store is donating along with the vacuum cleaners.

According to McMillan, the vacuums that are donated to Habitat for Humanity are then given by the organization to its new homeowners.

. Elena Olmstead can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail her at eolmstead@eaglenewspapers.com

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