Monday, January 17, 2011

Donated Furniture Needed

Happy MLK Day!  If you have "donate-able" furniture, please be aware of the following:

"Tamikea Swaringer, greeter/cashier in [the Johnson & Wales University] dining center was severely injured in November. Tamikea was waiting for her youngest child at the school bus stop when the bus jumped the curb and ran over her foot. It was crushed so badly they had to amputate just below the knee. As word spread of Tamikea's accident, the JWU campus community came together to establish the 'Keep Tamikea Smiling' fund. Faculty, staff and students generously donated to our campaign; from bake sales to hockey game proceeds to donations large and small, we raised enough money to cover her housing and utility costs for the next few months.

Since being discharged from the hospital, Tamikea and her children have lived with her mother, but now she is ready to get back on her own. Due to her physical needs, she is unable to return to her previous apartment. This week she found a rental property close to her mom that fits all of her and her family's needs. However, there is a great need right now to secure furniture for their new home. If you have gently used furniture that you would like to donate, please contact me [Bernice.Parenti@jwu.edu] as soon as possible. Her target move in date is January 21-22. We would also ask that if you know anyone who may be willing to help, please share this email with them.

Their basic needs include:

  • Bedrooms - 3 queen or full size beds; 1 or 2 twin beds; 3-4 dressers/nightstands; 1 wardrobe. They do not have to be matching sets, although that would be nice, just in decent condition. No mattresses please.
  • Living Room - Sofa, loveseat, 1-2 chairs, end/coffee tables, TV stand, TV
  • Kitchen - table with 4-6 chairs, refrigerator
  • Miscellaneous - area rugs, lamps, bookcase, small desk 

If you cannot help with any of the above items, but would like to support Tamikea and her family, cash or gift card donations would be greatly appreciated to purchase other needed household items such as bedding and other linens, window blinds, paint, etc.

Bernice Parenti
Johnson & Wales University"