Bob's Discount Furniture hosts Keep Our Children Safe & Warm Day, Local Families Turn Out to Help Those Less Fortunate
Bob's Discount Furniture, the 2008 Furniture Retailer of the Year, with 31 stores throughout New England and New York, today announced the results of its recent in-store event, Keep our Children Safe and Warm Day. On Saturday, February 28 Bob's Discount Furniture collected more than 2,500 donations of new pajamas and books in support of the national nonprofit the Pajama Program. This most recent donation is part of Bob’s Discount Furniture’s ongoing support of the Pajama Program and brings its total donations to date to more than 6,000 new pajamas and books.
“We are truly grateful for the support we have received from Bob’s Discount Furniture and the generous donations given by families across New England and New York,” says Genevieve Piturro, founder and executive director, Pajama Program. “Each and every book and pair of pajamas makes a difference and we feel confident that this significant contribution will make bedtime a warmer and cozier time of day for many needy children.”
“We are thrilled with the response and overwhelming kindness demonstrated by the families who attended this event,” said Bob Kaufman, president, Bob’s Discount Furniture. “Now more than ever, it is important for each of us to do all we can to help those less fortunate and at Bob’s Discount Furniture we will continue to support inspiring and deserving organizations like the Pajama Program.”
The event was hosted as part of the Bob’s Discount Furniture ongoing Random Acts of Kindness outreach program. Families were invited to visit one of the retailer’s 31 locations for the opportunity to meet various Nickelodeon© characters and help children in need through donations to the Pajama Program.
The Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to needy children in the United States, many who are waiting and hoping to be adopted. The program started with personal contributions and has now grown nationwide, donating over 310,000 pairs of warm pajamas to date. The organization's overall mission is to provide a loving environment for children who have lived through a great deal of hurt in their young lives and to give them hope for a better tomorrow. For more information, visit www.pajamaprogram.org.
About Bob's Discount Furniture
Named the 2008 Furniture Retailer of the Year with 31 stores located throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, Bob's Discount Furniture has built strong brand awareness and customer loyalty through its unique shopping environment, customer service commitment and everyday low prices. First-time visitors are pleasantly surprised by the comfortable atmosphere and vast selection of quality furniture that surpasses their "discount" expectations. As a part of the overall shopping experience, many of the locations have complimentary cafés featuring gourmet coffee, fresh baked cookies and candy, while other locations offer home theater and video arcade entertainment. Known for their unique style of television and radio advertising, Bob Kaufman, president, and Cathy Poulin, public relations director, have been inviting customers for more than a decade to visit their nearest Bob's Discount Furniture store. For more information, visit www.mybobs.com.
About Bob's Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation
Through the Bob's Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation and its many charitable contributions and sponsorships, Bob Kaufman, Cathy Poulin and all of Bob's Discount Furniture employees support hundreds of nonprofit organizations. Among the many supported charities are Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, Salvation Army, Marshall House Youth and Family Emergency Shelter, National Conference for Community Justice, American Red Cross and Connecticut Children's Medical Center. In March 2006, Poulin participated in the "Dance for a Cause" competition in Hartford, CT to raise money and awareness for the National Pajama Program and Lil' Iguana's Children's Safety Foundation. Poulin was also awarded Woman of the Year for 2006 by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In April 2008, Kaufman was presented with the prestigious 2008 Biomedical Achievement Award from the American Red Cross as the "Bob Squad" was recognized for collecting over 20,000 units of blood during its 11 years of promoting blood drives. Other recipient organizations include Have a Heart Children's Cancer Society, New York; Open Pantry Community Services, Massachusetts; J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center, Rhode Island; Family Intervention Services, New Jersey; Manchester Partners in Health, New Hampshire; and the Opportunity Farm, Maine. For more information about the foundation and Bob's Discount Furniture, visit www.mybobs.com/charity