Furniture Drive at White Plains HS This Sunday, April 10th

Tomorrow,  the WP High School will be the scene for a furniture drive, to benefit Furniture Sharehouse.

To be held from 9am to 1pm, in the North Street parking lot, opposite the “Y”, the furniture drive  will be run by the High School’s Interact Club, and sponsored by the White Plains Rotary.

(Pictured at left are students from Pace University, from a previous drive).

 Interact is the  world-wide high school arm of Rotary International; Nick Wolff, a Realtor with Rand Realty in White Plains is the Rotary mentor/liaison.

As regular readers will know, Furniture Sharehouse is very near to my heart.  It is Westchester County’s furniture bank.

 Non-profit, not open to the public, and not selling anything; Furniture Sharehouse collects clean, basic furniture in good condition, and some home furnishings  (like  rugs, lamps, mirrors, and small kitchen appliances), then re-distributes them free to clients of almost 40 different Westchester agencies.

Two-and-a-half years ago,  independent producer Polly Kriesman of Larchmont filmed  ‘A Day in the Life’  type segment at Furniture Sharehouse as part of of new series pitch to PBS. Very graciously she has allowed it to be shared, click here to see.

While the story is unchanged, the actual numbers have:  As of March 31st, about to start the fifth year of operation, nearly 1300 Westchester families have been furnished with almost 17,000 donated items, worth roughly $1.3 million dollars.

18 months ago, 3 or 4 client appointments a day were the norm; now it’s 6, sometimes 8 appointments. Open year-round, and making pick-ups throughout the county, furniture drives help to keep the aisles full to meet the increasing need.

You have read this far because you know, understand and appreciate what having a home for your family means-a table to eat a meal on, a dresser to put your clothes away in, a bed to sleep in.

Every spring, in the Archdiocese of New York, seminarians from nearby St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers visit local parishes, to speak of their vocation, and ask for your support. They outline 3 simple points, and I will take a page out of their book:

First- consider donating furniture/ furnishings you no longer need or want.  Your donation would not only go to Westchester neighbors in need, it’s green and you would get a receipt for your taxes as well.

 Click here for details, inc.  donation suitability guidelines.  Drop-offs are always encouraged, but if  you aren’t able to make the drive, or just have no way to transport, pick-ups are available.

Second-maybe you have some extra time, talents, or services you would like to share?  Volunteers keep the heart of Furniture Sharehouse beating strong, please email info@furnituresharehouse.org to have that conversation.

Third-remember Furniture Sharehouse is a year-round organization, and tell your friends…your neighbors and co-workers…your book club and lacrosse parents…your social action committees and professional organizations. 

By sharing this post, or forwarding these links, you will be giving the greatest gift of all, 365 days a year.   Thank you!!

NOTE: Next drive is Saturday, April 30th, part of  Town of North Castle’s Zero Waste Day

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