Brian Roberts’ dressers were falling apart, but thanks to Catholic Charities of Livingston County, the Springwater man and his family have new ones.
“They were definitely a blessing,” Roberts said. “We were able to put everybody’s clothes in them.”
The Roberts family was among several families to benefit from a donation of 43 dressers and other furniture items from the Quality Inn in Geneseo June 23. CCLC picked up the furniture from the inn and delivered it to clients in need throughout its service area, according to Joseph DiMino, CCLC’s executive director, and Amy Glovanovitch, the agency’s rural outreach assistant coordinator. Thanks to the Quality Inn, the agency was able to help a score’s worth of families in Springwater, Hemlock, Livonia, Avon, Geneseo, Dansville and Mount Morris, DiMino and Glovanovitch said.
“Some were regular clients,” Glovanovitch said during an interview in the agency’s Mount Morris office. “Some people just called in because there was that one item they needed.”
She and DiMino added that dressers, especially dressers for children, are among the most-often requested furniture items from the agency’s clientele.
“They’re not donated as frequently as other items,” DiMino said,.
He added that low-income, young families in particular often request such children’s furniture as bassinets and cribs. He and Glovanovitch said that the agency has 175 families on its waiting list for donated furniture. DiMino said furniture purchases by such families often take a back seat to purchases of such essential items as food, clothing and shelter.
Glovanovitch said she fields 10 to 15 calls a week from people asking for donated furniture. DiMino added that CCLC publicizes its need for donated furniture through parish bulletin inserts and its own newsletter.
The agency appreciates all donations of furniture, they said, but Glovanovitch added that people should forego donating car seats. Government regulations regarding car seats tend to change from time to time, rendering almost all donated car seats useless, she noted.
DiMino said that donated furniture can bring smiles to his clients’ faces, and urged people to consider donating items. He said he recalled one time when the agency gave a refrigerator to an impoverished family of five who had to move into an apartment that did not come with a refrigerator. When the family picked up the refrigerator from the agency’s storage facility, DiMino said the mother’s expression of gratitude for the item was deeply touching.
“The donor could have sold the refrigerator for $50 at a garage sale, but instead, to her, it was priceless,” DiMino said.
EDITOR’S NOTE: To learn more about donating furniture to Catholic Charities of Livingston County, call 585/658-4466.