Ten Thousand Dollar Grant from the Robin Hood Relief Fund helps Storm-damaged Store Rebuild
LONG BRANCH, NJ – Nearly three months after Superstorm Sandy devastated the Family & Children’s Service (FCS) Thrift Boutique, forcing it to close its doors and causing significant revenue loss for the century-old nonprofit; the store is set to reopen to the public Tuesday, February 19th. The agency plans a special ticketed Preview Event, Friday, February 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to give supporters a first look at the new store, which has been completely restored and refurbished thanks to a generous grant from the Robin Hood Relief Fund and help from dozens of area organizations and businesses.
“Family & Children’s Service’s mission is to serve people at vulnerable times in their lives through education, intervention, care and counseling,” says Debbie O’ Donoghue, Chair of the FCS Board of Directors. “When
The FCS Thrift Boutique, located at
In addition to the Robin Hood grant, the Boutique received contributions from the clothing retailer The Talbots, Inc®, which donated thousands of dollars in fixtures and shelving, and Woodhaven Lumber & Millwork, Inc., which supplied free paint, lumber and painting supplies. O’Donoghue says FCS is also grateful to members of the Ranney School Parents Association who, along with a group of Ranney students known as The Rockin Angels, conducted a school wide clothing drive to replenish the store’s inventory.
“Since the store remained closed throughout the repairs, it was difficult for us to accept and store donations at our office,” O’Donoghue says. “The
Beginning Tuesday, February 19th, the FCS Thrift Boutique will begin accepting donations during normal business hours which are: noon to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
About Family & Children’s Service
For more than 100 years, Family & Children’s Service (FCS) has served