Deborah Blatt got the call last week from the school. A devastating fire destroyed a local house and three little boys lost everything.
Within a day, she had packed up enough clothes, in the right sizes, to get each of them through the winter.
Deborah, who lives in New Rochelle with her own family, founded the Sharing Shelf in 2009, working with Family Services of Westchester. “I was looking for a way for families in need to get clothing for free if they have no money, or in times of crisis and without too much red tape,” she says. And unlike many of the “clothing closets” at many agencies, her warehouse-full of donations are matched to the recipients by size and season.
Next week, she’s getting a donation of 40,000 diapers.
“I want to be doing this,” Deborah says. “It’s unbelievably rewarding. An idea so simple helps a lot of people.”