Volunteers made us proud on Martin Luther King service day

This past weekend we honored the late Dr. Martin Luther King with three straight days of pick-ups and deliveries.  On Saturday, Mike Fishman, Alan Heins and Sam Paul emptied an apartment in West Hartford that yielded a full bedroom set, a full living room set, a futon couch, 4 lamps, 2 upholstered chairs, a bookcase and several occasional tables.  On Sunday, Donna Vibes and Jim & Thomas Rattigan staffed the warehouse during our second Drop Off Day of the month.  They kept busy accepting items from seven donors who stopped by the warehouse.  They also helped a client pick out and load furniture for his empty apartment in Hartford.  He was able to obtain a bed, dresser and nightstand for this bedroom, a complete living room set (acquired the day before), a kitchen table and chairs plus linens, towels, dishware, glassware, silverware and utensils, pots & pans and small kitchen appliances for his kitchen.  Finally, on Monday we had a volunteer team from St. James’s Church spend three hours at the warehouse helping us reorganize and sort through all of the boxes of donated items we received the day before.  The team also made a delivery that was led by Sue Kayeum.  Here is Sue’s report:  Volunteers from Saint James’s Church assisted in a delivery to a home in Hartford. We provided them with a sofa, side tables, kitchen table/chairs, a bureau, TV and stand, and boxes of kitchenware. The apartment was small with no living room – just a kitchen and 2 bedrooms –  so we left the sofa in the hallway and TV in one of the 2 bedrooms, but the Mom and her baby, along with the others in the apartment appreciated what we delivered.

A big thanks to the Hooper family (Rob Sr., Priscilla, Rob Jr. and Katy M), Paul & Emily McDill, Ben and Martha Parish, Bill Whitaker and Ted Newton from SJC, Sue & Dan Keating, Hope Auerbach, Donna Vibes, Jim & Thomas Rattigan, Mike Fishman and Alan Heins for making the entire weekend a success.