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NY_Rocking_Chairs

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08-13-2008 02:42 PM

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Usually after a rocking chair has sat in the gallery for a year I like to rotate it out and put a new one in there. I decided this year to try and donate the chair. I have attempted to contact a few places, like Ronald McDonald house in Rochester, etc. I have received no reply, not even a letter stating “we cannot accept furniture donations, but if you want to send money…”

I would like the chair to go to a charity here in WNY, since I don’t want to have to drive it far.

Just wondering if anyone has any experience with this or any thoughts?

Thanks.

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com


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#1 posted 08-13-2008 03:10 PM

SPCA

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-13-2008 03:17 PM

The dogs and cats need chairs? They did a stellar job of helping to pick up the chickens last week. Did you hear about Buffalo’s chicken disaster?

I tried to get a link to the story, but it seems broken. Short version:
A tractor trailer rolled over on the highway, spilling 9700 live chickens. Traffic is deadlocked and people are running all over trying to catch the chickens. The SPCA shows up and insists on taking all recovered live chickens back to their place for their vet to check out, just to hand the chickens back over to the owners, who then proceeds to drop them off at the slaughter house…SPCA donations at work.

Here is the link, not much of a story:
http://www.wgrz.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=59908&provider=top

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com

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#3 posted 08-13-2008 03:18 PM

sounds like a good addition to a support centre for new mothers.

that’s strange that you didn’t get a response back. Keep trying.. you’ll find that “right place” for the chair and they’ll greatly appreciate it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#4 posted 08-13-2008 04:10 PM

Thinking more about the larger shelters. Many have nice waiting rooms, administrators offices, etc.

Maybe one of these would be better http://allwny.com/charity.html

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 08-13-2008 04:26 PM

I did talk to Lollipop Farms and they have a charity auction, so they are very interested.

Good idea Debbie, I tried the local hospitals and their maternity wards, but they didn’t seem that interested. Maybe their chairs have to be AMA and OSHA approved for insurance reasons.

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com

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#6 posted 08-14-2008 01:43 PM

it seems funny to me that it would be so difficult to give away what I’m sure is a beautiful chair!
I’ve been thinking for a while now about donating some furniture… I just haven’t come up with a solid game plan yet.

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#7 posted 08-14-2008 02:18 PM

You may want to contact your local United Way and/or Rotary Club. I have donated pieces to both organizations. Both instances the pieces were part of fund raising auctions. This type of donation helps the organization raise cash, puts your work in front of a lot of civic leaders, and provides a tax write off. Both instances also provided admittance into the event and provided networking opportunities.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 08-14-2008 02:29 PM

I just finished working on a Habitat house that has a porch. Maybe something like that in your area?

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#9 posted 08-14-2008 02:44 PM

we have “Early Learning Centres” here.. they’d appreciate them
or the Children’s Aid Society
Library maybe.. limited space, though
group homes

It is interesting how many organizations cannot take donations.. sad, really—liability issues really put up road blocks. We’ve made it that they have to spend millions when they could get the same stuff donated.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#10 posted 08-14-2008 03:10 PM

We have worked out a deal with Lollipop Farms, which I think is associated with the SPCA. Anyway, they handle all animals from the normal dogs and cats up to farm animals like horses and cows. Members of the extended family have adopted from there and they have a charity auction event in November so the timing works out well.

Always open to next year’s suggestion, think this will be an annual thing if I can fit it in the schedule.

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com

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#11 posted 08-14-2008 04:01 PM

that’s wonderful!!
“Hats off” to Lollipop Farms who opened their doors to donations! (and of course to all the work they do)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#12 posted 08-14-2008 04:01 PM

oh and to you for the donation!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#13 posted 08-15-2008 01:22 PM

Not sure if you’re affliated with any church. But my church does an auction once a year and loves getting donations. Just a thought.

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#14 posted 08-29-2008 08:04 PM

nursing homes or senior citizen centers

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#15 posted 08-30-2008 01:00 AM

A few years back I participated in a charity bike ride for the NY Special Olympics in the Central NY region. The local Elks clubs in the towns where the ride ended each night was very supportive. I don’t know if they have an auction scheduled in their fundraising program but it is a very worthwhile organization. You might try doing a search of Pedal For Medals if you would like more information or contacting the local Elks club in your area. They donate more to charity than Uncle Sam does the less fortunate.

-- John, Long Island, NY

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