GREENSBORO, N.C., Sept. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its mission to supply and coordinate furnishings for disaster relief, FurnishAid is initiating an industry-wide effort to support victims of hurricane Harvey. FurnishAid is seeking donations of basic bedroom, dining room, living room, and office furniture. Caracole will coordinate the pickup and transportation of donated furniture and goods to the impacted regions and is once again working with Volunteers of America to coordinate local facilities, staffing, and distribution. To make a product donation, volunteer or get involved, visit FurnishAid.com.
"We were really impressed by the generous response from the industry last year in supporting the FurnishAid initiative to benefit Southern Louisiana," says Triche Leander, Caracole Chief Operation Officer. "After the devastation of hurricane Harvey, we have another opportunity to pull together and help a lot of people."
Applications to receive furniture, vetting of the applicants, and local distribution are all handled by Volunteers of America. The organization requires valid FEMA numbers and verifies all applicants are legitimate prior to selecting recipients. Volunteers of America also provides tax donation receipts for all goods and services donated. Given the timeline for home repair and remediation in southern Texas, the goal is to begin distributing furniture in November or December. An additional initiative to support victims of hurricane Irma is also in development. Visit FurnishAid.com for more information.
Created by furniture resource Caracole, Greensboro, NC, in 2016, the non-profit organization FurnishAid was established in response to the devastating flood that hit southern Louisiana last fall. The largest flood in 1,000 years, it destroyed an estimated 200,000 homes and 10,000 businesses—the majority of which did not have flood insurance. Thanks to generous industry participation, the initiative helped 1,052 flood victims with over $1.5 million in donated goods and services. No one was charged for any goods they received, and 100 percent of the proceeds went to flood victims.