Furniture donations needed for people impacted by Sandy

Love INC will hold used furniture sale March 2 and 3 in Long Branch

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13th District) announced that local nonprofit Love INC has been awarded $50,000 in gift cards for furniture purchases by the Robin Hood Foundation to help residents in the Bayshore area impacted by superstorm Sandy.

Love INC’s used furniture store, “Furnished With Love” in Long Branch, will have a sale of high- quality used furniture 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, at Our Lady Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, Highlands. The assemblyman is asking local residents to donate any furniture that is in good shape.

“This is another step in stabilizing this area that has suffered so much,” said O’Scanlon, chairman of Love INC, in a press release.

“Now that families are being stabilized with reconstruction the next step is meeting their very basic furniture needs. We all recall the masses of debris on the curbside of many homes with the devastation being particularly immense up and down the Bayshore area. Love INC has been in existence for 18 years helping families in Monmouth County and continues to make a mark where it’s needed the most.”

According to Carolyn Eyerman, Love INC executive director, in 2012 more than $20,000 worth of free furniture was given to qualified and screened clients in Monmouth County.

Brand new mattresses and box springs as well as new bunk beds are also available with free delivery to all Bayshore residents with purchases made on March 2 and 3. Love INC’s role in the community is not only to provide furniture, but to act as a community clearinghouse for local area churches to help with a variety of needs from rent assistance, eldercare, used cars for transportation, free haircuts and haulout services.

Furniture donations are especially needed now. Free pickup and tax receipts issued from Furnished With Love trucks. Call 732-222-1923 to find out how you can help. To contact Love INC directly, call 732-542-7012.