NEW CASTLE, Pa.– Lawrence County is now the new home for 40 families from Puerto Rico displaced from the U.S. territory after Hurricane Maria devasted the island last year. Local volunteers continue to help with the transition and the local United Way is asking for people to donate furniture.
County agencies and churches, elected officials have been working to make sure the families are connected to our local agencies for various services and programs. However, organizers say our community does not have a public program that helps families that need furniture.
A temporary donation site is open next to Dollar Tree in Neshannock Township to collect furniture items on Monday – Thursday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The families are in need of the following—15 double beds and 10 single beds, dressers, 4 washing machines and 4 dryers. The families are living in apartments so no large furniture can be accepted.
If anyone would like to make a cash donation to help purchase mattresses for these families please contact the United Way at 724.658.8528.
The Puerto Rican families are registered at The Salvation Army for Christmas presents for the children. If anyone would like to assist with the families for gifts please contact The Salvation Army at 724.652.7921. If you have questions or would like additional information on these families feel free to contact United Way of Lawrence County at 724.658.8528.