United Way receives donation from Bed Bath and Beyond

BREMERTON — The Bed Bath and Beyond store in Silverdale has given United Way of Kitsap County and donation of bedding worth over $24,000.

These are items that have small flaws or items that are no longer available for sale in the store.

“We are so very thankful to Bed Bath and Beyond for this donation,” said David Foote, executive director.  “We notified local agencies who have shelters that we had blankets, comforter sets, sheets and many, many pillows for their shelter.”

United Way opened up their conference room to the agencies to come in and pick up items that they need.

“This is absolutely wonderful that United Way is able to help us out with all of this bedding and it is great that Bed Bath and Beyond made such a great donation.” said Denise Agee of St. Vincent de Paul Women’s Shelter.

“We are always looking for ways to help,” said Foote.“We know that budgets are tight so when a store like Bed Bath and Beyond calls us with a donation we are so very grateful.”

United Way is about to kick-off the Annual Community Campaign for 2013 and can use all the help possible this year to raise funds.  The recession and the slow recovery has been tough on United Way and most of the non-profit community.

“We need the entire communities help this year to begin rebuilding the annual campaign,” said Thor Holm, United Way board president.

“United Way managed to raise the same in 2012 as they did the previous year but needs to do better if we are to provide significant help to the community.” Holm said.

The official kick-off of the Annual Campaign is a luncheon at the Bremerton Convention Center on Friday, Sept. 6. The cost for the lunch is $25 and individuals can make reservations through Tuesday, Sept. 3 by calling United Way at 360-377-8505.

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