GREEN BROOK, NJ – Volunteers with theGreen Brook Fire-EMS still carry vivid memories of that day 15 years ago, when Hurricane Floyd ripped through the town and filled their headquarters with 10 inches of rainwater.
The recliners that had been used for squad meetings were destroyed and discarded, as the volunteers began the task of remodeling the building on Greenbrook Road. Luckily, at the time, a local furniture store now out of business stepped in to donate some replacement recliners.
All was well, once again. But after 15 years of day-to-day use, those once pristine recliners are now facing the hands of time. Will Schafer, owner of the new Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Green Brook, heard the need. As part of his grand opening, he has donated three new leather recliners to the 50-member squad, to officially kickstart a recliner replacement campaign.
Schafer, who recently dropped off the brown leather recliners at the squad building and placed them prominently in the front of the room of old, worn recliners, said the company philosophy is to learn about local need and figure out a way to give back.
“Not only do we have a welcome new business in town,” said Darlene Breen, EMS Chief of Green Brook Fire-EMS. “But they’re already becoming active citizens and are willing to help us.”
“Our team is so gracious of Ashley’s donation,” she added. “We always work to promote Green Brook’s local businesses and it means a lot that they turned around and helped us when we needed it.”
The new Ashley Furniture HomeStore is located at 350 US 22 in Green Brook.