White Plains, NY, November 24, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- On Thursday, November 17th, the Village Squares Quilters stopped by Furniture Sharehouse, Westchester’s Furniture Bank, to help give away over 2 dozen handmade quilts to warm up local families in need. Furniture Sharehouse addresses a critical and growing need in Westchester County by providing free furniture to those moving out of homeless shelters into apartments as well as to other economically challenged individuals and families who do not have funds for furnishings.
Susan Wolman, president of the quilt guild, said, “Village Squares Quilters has a long history of making quilts that we donate to good causes. When I read about how Furniture Sharehouse gives beds to its clients, I thought how perfect it would be to give them quilts for these beds as well.” In June, the guild voted to make Furniture Sharehouse the beneficiary of all quilts made by the guild as part of its “summer project.”
Kate Bialo, executive director of Furniture Sharehouse, said, “We are very excited about being the lucky recipient of Village Squares Quilters' quilts this fall. Handmade quilts are something special, and I know the families we serve will cherish them.”
Guild members hail from throughout Westchester, as far north as Croton and as far south as Mount Vernon. During the last five years alone, more than 500 quilts have been distributed to many local agencies including: the state Veterans’ Home at Montrose, the neo-natal intensive care unit at White Plains Hospital, Family Center of Fairfield County, Cortlandt Manor Nursing Home, Wartburg Home in Mount Vernon, Hope's Door in Pleasantville, and the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital. “It is quite an extraordinary feeling to enjoy both the acts of creating and donating,” Wolman said. “We invite other quilters – whatever their level and experience – to join us.” The guild meets the second Tuesday of each month at Westchester Reform Temple, 255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale. For more information about Village Squares Quilters, go to villagesquaresquilters.com.
Furniture Sharehouse helps over 450 Westchester families and individuals each year by collecting gently-used furniture from the community and redistributing it directly to help those in need fill their empty apartments and rebuild their lives. Since 2007, Furniture Sharehouse has distributed over 57,000 items worth over $3.4 million to more than 10,000 individuals in need from their warehouse located at Westchester County Airport. Clients are referred by a network of over 25 member agencies including Westhab, WestCOP, Human Development Services of Westchester, Hope’s Door, Choice, The Guidance Center and many more. For information on their donation guidelines and pick-up/drop-off procedures, go to www.furnituresharehouse.org.
About Furniture Sharehouse
Furniture Sharehouse, Westchester County’s Furniture Bank, accepts donations of gently-used furniture for redistribution to needy families in Westchester County. Furniture Sharehouse is a New York State not-for-profit organization, and is tax-exempt under IRS section 501(c)(3). Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. www.furnituresharehouse.org