Sharing Connections – Furniture Donation – We Furnish Hope – Downers Grove

Sharing Connections – Furniture Donation – We Furnish Hope – Downers Grove


Even better cause then I’m happy to hear
that’s gonna be going into a home that somebody really needs it and like I was
telling you earlier especially this time of year right around Christmastime. It
makes you to feel even better that it’s gonna go to somebody that really needs
that right around the holidays. I called them maybe week and a half
ago two weeks ago and they’re already out here you know within two weeks which was great. Hi this is Joshua Inglis broker with
United real estate and I’m at Sharing Connections which is an amazing
non-for-profit organization that collects beds, furniture, and other
household items and gives them to families that need them the most.
This truck behind me had 12 pickups today from families that donated
furniture so that they can go to families that need them. Let’s go and
meet the team members which make this all possible. So if you want to just introduce
yourself and what you do here at Sharing Connections. Hi I’m Amy Stocallo. I’m
the warehouse manager here at Sharing Connections and I I do a lot from
driving the truck to picking up donations to cleaning and preparing
furniture and items that go out on the floor even repairing items. So how did
you get involved with Sharing Connections? I first heard about sharing
connections when I was actually living in a shelter with my two boys. We were in
a domestic violence shelter and we came here I through a housing program where I
received housing and when I received my
housing I was able to come here and pick out furniture. Everything you needed to
start a home, it was fabulous. I mean, to be able to come here and to pick
out a sofa and a chair and you know a kitchen table and everything that
you’d get from people here that’s amazing. And really make it a home. Oh yeah I mean from decorations to everything it’s, it’s
wonderful. You started off essentially as a volunteer what’s the
best way for people to get involved. Oh volunteer absolutely donate, donate,
volunteering, I mean it’s needed every day, it’s needed. What would you say it’s the best part about being a team member here at Sharing Connections? Seeing the people when they receive their stuff, when they’re picking it up it’s so
grateful. There are veterans that come through here, it brings a tear to my eye and really they’re so grateful and it’s so rewarding. I’ve been there, I know, it’s, it’s amazing that there that there could be some place like this.
Awesome well thanks so much Amy I really appreciate it I can give you a big hug.
Thank you for all the amazing work you are doing. I’m so happy that you’re here with the Sharing Connections family.
Oh it’s fabulous. Keep up the great work you guys are doing, this is awesome, thank you. Well again thanks Deb for agreeing to
meet with me. Oh thanks for coming out. This is really an awesome organization
you guys have here I got to see some of the people loading up an entire UHaul
full of furniture and just really seemed really happy that it’s going to a good
home so. Yeah it’s really it’s new life for items and things that people take
for granted and you know they no longer need that somebody else really does and
it’s really making a huge difference in that person’s life.
Awesome so tell us a little bit about Sharing Connections the story of Sharing
Connections. Oh it’s a great story it really is a
story of how one person can make a difference. Because 30-some years ago
one person our founder Leanne McGrath had heard about a woman in need who was having a baby and didn’t have the items she needed for the baby so she really
kind of went through her neighborhood and her church and took up a collection
of items that people had they had cribs they didn’t need, they had a bassinet
they didn’t need, and that really started the idea of you know all the things that
we have that we no longer need and making that connection to share with the
people that need those very items but don’t have the means to get them. So
Leanne operated this little mission out of her home and out of her garage for
many years and then grew into this warehouse and then the second side of
the warehouse and the truck going out because people used to just bring things
to her house in her garage and drop them off and of course now we have the truck
that goes down and picks up and people can call in and schedule a pick up those items and put them to good use. So
what items could a family donate to Sharing Connections? Oh gosh, sofas, end tables, coffee tables, dressers, household items like dishes, silverware, pots, and
pans, small kitchen appliances, lamps things that anything you can think of.
I even saw some clothes. Clothing, you know were I just went through my
closet got rid of a bunch of coats because we’re not using them and they
can keep somebody else warm. Definitely clothing when families come
through they also pick out clothing for all their family members so coats, scarves, mittens any any kind of clothing that’s still in decent shape is good. Awesome, well thanks again Deb for agreeing to show us around. This is exciting to see it in action and like you said
all the great volunteers and even it even got the lucky enough to see a family that got furniture and some items. Thanks
again! All right thank you for coming out.

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