Bob’s Discount Furniture surprised the family by donating a selection of new furnishings from the company’s Melville, N.Y., store on Long Island.
Thousands of residents of New York’s Long Island – and across the mid-Atlantic region – experienced the destructive force of November’s Hurricane Sandy. But the Heckman family of Amityville, N.Y., was hit harder than most. Not only was their Long Island house flooded by four feet of storm water, the hurricane struck just months after the family’s 6-year-old son, Steven, was diagnosed with leukemia.
The family’s tragic circumstances prompted members of the New York City/Long Island chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) to completely rebuild the Heckman’s home. NARI contractors gutted the structure and installed all-new plumbing, electric wiring, a heating-and-air-conditioning system, siding, windows, doors, a roof and landscaping. They also modified the house’s interior layout to create a new bedroom for Steven.
To complete the extensive home makeover, Bob’s Discount Furniture surprised the family by donating a selection of new furnishings from the company’s Melville, N.Y., store on Long Island. These included bedroom sets and bedding, a living room sectional with tables and lamps, a fireplace, a kitchen table and chairs, area rugs, pictures and accessories. The new home and furnishings were revealed to the very pleased family on Saturday, Jan. 5, after they returned from a trip to Disneyworld.
“Our thanks go out to Bob’s,” said NARI Board Chairman Bob Didier. “We wanted to do more than just rebuild a house. We wanted to give this special family a warm, safe and secure home filled with comfortable furnishings – a place where Steven can recover.”
“Bob’s is committed to helping local organizations rebuild their communities following the Hurricane Sandy disaster,” said Cathy Poulin, public relations director, Bob’s Discount Furniture. “We were very pleased to be able to help NARI provide the Heckman family with a fresh start in their new home.”
Since the hurricane, Bob’s and its employees have responded to a variety of needs across the region by donating supplies and food, including nearly 2,400 Thanksgiving turkeys, and assisting with large-scale deliveries to residents of storm-damaged areas. The company is continuing to work with local nonprofits and community organizations to support the affected communities during their recovery.
About Bob’s Discount Furniture: Bob’s Discount Furniture provides quality furniture at everyday low prices, and a unique and enjoyable shopping experience. All of Bob’s stores feature a complimentary cafe with gourmet coffee, ice cream, fresh baked cookies and candy. Since 1991, Bob’s has built strong customer loyalty by offering a vast selection of fashionable and affordable furniture that surpasses shoppers’ “discount” expectations. With 43 stores located throughout New England, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Virginia, the company is committed to supporting communities where its stores are located through Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation and Bob’s Outreach program. Bob’s and its staff support hundreds of nonprofit organizations with sponsorships and charitable contributions, and every year the company donates more than $100,000 to schools and more than $1.5 million to charities. To find out more about Bob’s and its charitable programs visit www.mybobs.com, and follow us on Twitter at @MyBobs_Charity and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mybobs.
About NARI: The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only not-for-profit trade association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry. NARI is an invaluable resource for the homeowner who is looking to do any type of repair, restoration or remodeling project. Homeowners can visit www.nari-ny.org for a complete listing of members by specialty or call 631-673-6274. When a homeowner receives a referral from NARI, they know that they are getting a remodeling professional that is licensed and insured with clean business credit and no outstanding complaints with consumer affairs.
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