Family-to-Family, Inc. Announces The “Shop ‘Til You Drop Rebuild-A-Room Project”

A Shopping Event to Help Broad Channel Homeowners Rebuild Storm Ravaged Homes

NEW YORK, NY, March 30, 2013 — Family-to-Family, Inc. (www.family-to-family.org) has created The “Shop ‘Til You Drop Rebuild-A-Room Project”, a community event on Saturday, April 6th help Broad Channel homeowners devastated by Hurricane Sandy rebuild one selected room in their home.

One hundred and fifty families have been selected via lottery to receive a total of $28,000 in gift certificates for the purchase of building materials from Breezy Point Hardware and Breezy Point Lumber, two local businesses that were also hit hard by the hurricane. The shopping event will take place at 28 East Market Street Breezy Point, NY 11697 between 10am-2pm.

Family-to-Family, together with the Broad Channel Athletic Club (BCAC), invited Broad Channel homeowners to submit their lottery applications earlier this month.

BCAC President Jack Allen weighed in on the shopping opportunity, saying, “BCAC is proud to partner with Family-to-Family on the ‘Rebuild-A-Room Project’. It is vital that the community rebuilds and gets back to normal. This event will help do just that.”

The gift certificates, in denominations of $100.00 or $300.00 are being provided by Family-to-Family, and come from grants awarded by Robin Hood (from “12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief”), and The Good People Fund and from donations made by Sherwood Lumber of Islandia, NY Culpeper Wood of Culpeper, VA and Steel and Wire Northeast of Baltimore, MD, among others.

“Family-to-Family’s ‘on the ground’ approach allows us to react quickly to address one specific need after another,” explained Pam Koner, Founder and Executive Director of Family-to-Family. “Families literally need the materials to rebuild the walls in their homes. So we came up with a way to provide them with exactly that. The secondary benefit is that we’re also supporting two heavily affected local businesses, making our funds twice as effective.”

The April 6th event will also include:

  • A kitchen cabinet raffle, supplied by Love Your Kitchen and Bath of Smithtown, NY
  • Fiber cement exterior siding raffle (worth $4-$6,000) supplied by James Hardie
  • Interior cement board raffle (worth $700-$900), supplied by James Hardie
  • Demonstrations of basic construction techniques by local craftspeople
  • Live music

A national hunger and poverty relief organization, Family-to-Family creates impactful one-to-one connections, matching donors across the U.S. with specific families in need. Since the hurricane hit, Family-to-Family’s donors have provided Hurricane Sandy victims with pillows, blankets, air mattresses, clothing, kitchen items, small appliances, holiday toys and dinners, space heaters, cleaning products, cell phones, children’s art therapy programs and more.

For more information about Family-to-Family visit www.family-to-family.org, follow Family-to-Family on Twitter at @famtofamily, or ‘like’ on Facebook at www.facebook.com/famtofamily.

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Contact: Pam Koner at Family-to-Family, 914-391-3220 pkoner@family-to-family.org