Furniture Sharehouse Sittin’ Round the Table Project

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Furniture Sharehouse, Westchester’s Furniture Bank, is launching its “Sittin’ Round the Table” Project this holiday season to draw attention to the importance of basic furniture in the lives of Westchester’s families in need. “There’s nothing that says home like gathering around the table for a holiday meal,” says executive director and founder Kate Bialo. “But it’s easier to give thanks around the table when you have a table — something so many of us take for granted.”  The organization hopes to raise enough money to furnish 25 Westchester families in need this holiday season.  “It costs us about $300 to Furnish a Family by giving them the basic furniture they need to make a fresh start,” said Bialo.  “We think that if friends and neighbors in Westchester know that there are families in their midst who are living in empty apartments, they’ll pull together to help.”  Since opening six years ago, Furniture Sharehouse has provided over 36,000 items of furniture free of charge to more than 7,000 Westchester residents moving out of homeless shelters, escaping domestic violence and recovering from personal and natural disasters to help rebuild their lives.  Clients are referred by member social service agencies to ensure that the furniture goes only to those who need it the most.  To make a monetary contribution and for details on how to donate your gently-used furniture, visit www.furnituresharehouse.org. and while you’re there, click the link on the home page to hear The Original Blind Boys of Alabama sing about how the families you help will feel when they are “Sittin’ Round the Table” for the holidays.