This Mother’s Day, Furniture Sharehouse is suggesting an alternative to buying flowers, chocolates or clothing. They recommend you honor Mom by making a financial donation to the Sharehouse and helping another Westchester mom make a house a home.
Furniture Sharehouse collects gently used furniture and redistributes it to disadvantaged individuals and families so they can rebuild their lives. For Mother’s Day, they’ve set up a secure system on the Sharehouse website for donors to make a credit card or PayPal contribution in honor of Mom and to download a personalized card to let her know.
Nine of the cards bear pictures drawn by children at three of Furniture Sharehouse’s partner agencies: Hope’s Door, Westchester Jewish Community Services and Westhab. There is also a blank card that can be personalized with a photo or the donor’s own drawing.
“All moms love Mother’s Day cards,” said Kate Bialo, director of Furniture Sharehouse. “But not all mothers have a chair in which to read the card or a table to put it on. I can’t think of a more meaningful gift than the gift of helping others this Mother’s Day.”
While the household goods distributed by Furniture Sharehouse are donated, the organization needs financial contributions to keep its warehouse open and to cover its transportation costs. As an organization run totally by volunteers, the Sharehouse is able to use 95 cents of every dollar donated to help families get the basic furnishings they need.
Since it began operations in 2007, Furniture Sharehouse has provided more than 8,800 items to almost 800 families in Westchester.
Furniture Sharehouse was established by the Junior League of Westchester on the Sound, which continues its support through funding and involvement of member volunteers.