WESTFIELD, NJ — Local businesses are pitching in to collect used linens for the town’s third annual linen drive through March 28, organized by Westfield residents Emily Root and Amy Flax.

Last year, the drive collected enough linens, towels, comforters, bath mats, crib sheets and shower curtains for Furniture Assist to provide for its clients in need for three months, Root said. Items that are stained or torn are also wanted for donation to a no-kill animal shelter.

“Just about every client who comes to Furniture Assist needs sheets, and often has at least two children,” said Joyce Friedman, volunteer coordinator and a board member at Furniture Assist. “We often run low and don’t  always have all sizes requested. With the donations from the linen drive, we are able to offer multiple choices of sizes.” 

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“It’s inspirational to see two friends like Emily and Amy come up with an idea to be of service to the community and it’s our privilege to support them in collecting for the linen drive,” said Ron Bansky, owner of Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Insurance Agency, which is serving as one of the drop sites. “My team and I really like how the collection benefits not only needy families but animal shelters as well.”

Donations can be dropped off at Coldwell Banker Westfield East Office (209 Central Ave.), Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Insurance Agency (502 East Broad St.), Laura Brockway at Keller Williams Westfield (188 Elm St.), Westfield Memorial Library (550 East Broad St.) and Westfield Eco Laundry (341 South Ave. East). 

Donors can bring linens and other household items to Furniture Assist throughout the year on Sundays from noon until 2:30 p.m. at 24 Commerce Street in Springfield. Learn more about the organization at FurnitureAssist.com.

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