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New Providence Residents to Participate in Furniture Drive for the Jersey Shore

January 21, 2013 at 7:00 AM

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - As people are slowly rebuilding their homes after Hurricane Sandy, one thing many of them need is furniture. Whether it is a couch, desk, chairs, or a dining room set, residents of towns at the Jersey shore can use as much help as possible.

In December, Roxanne Giacalone, a resident of New Providence and a real estate agent at Keller Williams in Summit, told her friend Cindy Gelormini about an event called a Paint Out being held at Paintin Place in Belmar. The store's owners and other volunteers are painting donated furniture, which is then being distributed to towns in need at the shore, specifically Brick and Belmar. Gelormini is an artist and known locally as the "Paint Diva" from McGraths Hardware, so she was very interested in the Paint Out.

After Giacalone donated some furniture to be painted, she suggested Gelormini take a trip down to Belmar as well. So in early December, Gelormini went to Paintin Place and tons of people were there painting furniture for families whose homes were ruined during Hurricane Sandy. To see the store click here

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The business is widely known among artists because they make their own paint, which Gelormini loved. Throughout the day, volunteers stop by the store, pick a piece of furniture and paint it. The finished pieces are stored in a warehouse, and those in need can select what pieces they want for free and it will be reserved for them until they are able to get it.

“It went so well that Sherry (owner of Paintin Place) said we need to do this again,” Gelormini said.

After speaking with Giacalone and representatives from Creative Wallcoverings and Interiors, they decided to hold a furniture drive on Jan.26 and Feb.2. CWI agreed to store the furniture and Harrington Movers is going to drive it to the store in Belmar and to a location in Toms River.

“So, she (Giacalone) grabbed the bull by the horns and just did it,” Gelormini said.

People are asked to donate gently used furniture that is in good condition. Gelormini will divide up which furniture needs to be painted and what doesn’t.

Drop-off days for those who would like to donate gently used furniture are Saturday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 2., between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Creative Wallcoverings & Interiors, 560 Central Avenue in New Providence. Anyone who has furniture to donate but needs assistance getting it there may call CWI at (908) 665-7997 for assistance.

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