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A Donation of Doors

Two years ago, Lida Steves, now a junior at Washington and Lee, volunteered to help build a house in Rockbridge County as part of the Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity.

Lida had a casual conversation about her experience with her father, Sam Steves, back in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Sam Steves happens to know a thing or two about the construction business: He is president of Steves & Sons, Inc., which manufactures and sells wooden doors. Based in Texas, the company has production facilities in San Antonio; Lebanon, Tenn.; and Richmond, Va.

That casual conversation led to the generous donation of interior and exterior doors from Steves & Sons for all the homes that Rockbridge Area Habitat will build in the coming year.  In addition, the Richmond facility has donated surplus doors to the Buena Vista ReStore for sale to the public.

W&L’s Campus Chapter of Habitat partners with Rockbridge Habitat to provide volunteer assistance not only for home-building but also for fund-raising. In 2009, the W&L chapter was one of only seven nationally to receive a State Farm Insurance Companies $5,000 Matching Grant.