Bassett's Afternoon of Service
NEWTON, N.C.-Yesterday, Bassett Furniture donated labor and design consulting services along with tens of thousands of dollars worth of new furnishings to eight non-profit organizations.
The non-profit organizations, all within a 12-mile radius of Bassett's upholstery plant here, included a fire station, a school for children with special needs, a city park, a shelter for homeless youth, an emergency shelter for battered women, a rape crisis center, a women's resource center and a charity that provides transitional housing for homeless families.
The afternoon of service was a surprise to Bassett employees, 200 of whom were sent by CEO, Robert H. Spilman Jr., out into the surrounding community, along with large trucks loaded with new Bassett furniture.
The initiative is the latest installment in Bassett's new Make(over) a Difference program to create fresh living spaces for charitable organizations that serve the communities where they operate. Before a Bassett Furniture retail store opens for business, the store's manager and design team is tasked with planning a surprise makeover for a local non-profit. Since October, Bassett has opened seven new stores and donated hundreds of service hours and more than $76,000 in new furniture to help transform these deserving organizations.