PHOTO: from left, Seabrook residents Jack Cunningham and Al Gilbert
TINTON FALLS, NJ - Seabrook Retirement Community’s Woodshop Group recently donated two handmade wood cabinets to the historic Crawford House in Tinton Falls. The large cabinets, made out of Birch Plywood, are 7 ½ feet high, 2 feet deep and 3 feet wide.
Earlier this year, Seabrook resident Jack Cunningham reached out to Tinton Falls town officials to find out how Seabrook’s volunteer woodworkers could support public activities. He discovered that the historic Crawford House in Tinton Falls was in need of storage cabinets.
“The Friends of the Crawford House are very grateful to the woodworkers at Seabrook for stepping in to take on this project for us,” said Stacey Slowinski, chairwoman of the Tinton Falls Historic Preservation Commission. “It had originally been part of another volunteer project, and some circumstances arose so that it wasn't completed—and we were left with the pile of wood we had purchased, and still no storage cabinets.”
Cunningham teamed up with Seabrook resident Al Gilbert, who has been volunteering for the Woodshop for more than three years, to build the cabinets. The Crawford House staff will finish the cabinets to fit in with the décor of the house.
“We are very active in the community in many different ways, and this is just one more way of helping the community,” said Cunningham.
Seabrook woodworkers are committed to giving back. Throughout the year, they build and donate items for children, such as toy cars and dollhouses, and repair furniture for neighbors. This year, they donated more than $3,000 to charitable funds including the Seabrook Scholars Fund and Resident Care Fund. Also, this summer, the craftsmen sent former Rutgers football star Eric LeGrand a handmade card holder decorated with LeGrand’s Jersey Number 52 and Rutgers’ color and logo to honor him for his courage and strength in his rehabilitation after suffering a spinal cord injury in 2010 as well as his outstanding volunteer work.
“Now that we are finishing up our interior renovations to the house, the timing is perfect to have them in place and ready to use for organizing our supplies,” said Slowinski.