P.O. Box 1055 Doylestown, PA 18901 info@deservingdecor.org 215-550-5674

A Bucks County Treasure

Have you ever read an article or heard a story that stopped you in your tracks? That is exactly how I was affected when I first I discovered Beth Baker and her nonprofit Deserving Décor (DD).  I found this charity online while I was trying to find a way to use my creative energy for the greater good. As I learned about Beth and her organization, I was impressed by what this team of volunteers was accomplishing. Their Mission Statement simply reads: “supplying kids’ beds and furniture essentials to women and children escaping domestic abuse, homelessness, and teens aging out of foster care”.  But what Deserving Décor actually provides is a great deal more. Their efforts have been helping to relieve suffering and strengthen family units in Bucks County since 2008.

Years ago, I had a similar desire to do compassionate work, the big stuff; the Peace Corps, mission work in Africa, or Haiti. That work sounded appealing. When my Peace Corps dreams did not materialize, I put those ideas about compassionate work on the back burner. If I did feel a tug at my heart, from time to time, a voice inside was quick to placate me with, “That’s just the way it is”, or “I’m only one person; what can I possibly do?” After years of convincing myself that I could not do anything, I received a wake-up call by way of an online search. Looking into the work that Deserving Décor is doing in Bucks County, I realized I could no longer make excuses or convince myself that there is nothing I can do. Beth Baker showed me exactly how one person can make a difference when they decide to. Her example was proof that every one of us has the power to create change and make life better for others. I had to admit, I’d come a long way from my Peace Corps dreams. For years, I had chosen to look away from those struggling with poverty right in our own county.  After seeing DD’s efforts, it became impossible for me to look the other way.

In 2014, Beth Baker was named Ted Lindeman Foundation’s “Humanitarian of the Year”. Humanitarians move from the desire to help to the action of helping. Many people have the desire to improve lives, but a true humanitarian must do the work. Deserving Décor does the work that improves lives. They alleviate suffering and offer hope, one person at a time. This organization helps those who are in desperate, abusive situations, many with nowhere to turn and often impoverished in a material, as well as a spiritual sense.

Deserving Décor helps restore lives. Not just providing beds, tables, and chairs, they also offer kindness, respect, and hope. This non-profit delivers furnishings that turn a house into a home, help alleviate the shame of poverty, create a space for families, and begin to build more connected neighborhoods. How many lives are affected by these efforts is impossible to ascertain. But, Deserving Décor has made some simple truths clear to me:

  • One truly motivated person is all that you need to do a world of good.
  • There is no need to leave Bucks County to help those in need.
  • We have people living in poverty right in Bucks County.
  • This is the big stuff.
  • It’s only “just the way it is” because no one has changed it yet.
  • And finally, if I offer my hand to help another, that is enough.

Denise Palmer, Deserving Decor Project Coordinator – Housewarming Helpers program

Old Clothes Find a New Purpose!

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Every girl needs a little black dress… especially one that’s free!

In an effort to raise money for Deserving Décor’s Beds for Kids Campaign I decided to host a clothing swap. It’s a fun approach to yet another fundraiser and one that you don’t feel guilty asking your friends to contribute to.

Here’s how it works: I charged $15.00 at the door and provided a hefty selection of wine, appetizers and desserts for my guests (all from Trader Joes of course). I asked the women to each bring 2-3 clothing items they’ve grown tired of, or let’s face it just don’t fit quite the same way, and have remained in good condition. The items would then be up for grabs for all attendees at no cost.

I can’t tell you how many women showed up with clothes that still had tags on them. I ‘m pretty certain we’ve all committed the fashion felony of permitting a brand new piece of clothing to sit in our closet only to be forgotten and essentially never worn: a crime against fashion, an endowment to the clothing swap selection.

After a few snacks and several glasses of wine, the women were given 15-minutes to peruse the clothing display. Each guest then chose a number written on a mini-wooden spool out of an old cloche hat. In numerical order, the women took turns selecting one item at a time. We continued until the only items left were clearly not meant for forty and over.

We shared a ton of laughs over our picks and nearly every piece of clothing had a story to accompany it. I couldn’t believe how giddy everyone got over clothes. It was nice to see my friends admiring each others contributions. They sort of brought the clothing back to life, so much so I briefly contemplated taking back the very items I put out. Yes, I suppose I was giddy too!

In the end the party was an absolute success. Every woman thanked me for a great night and left feeling excited about their new attire. I on the other hand raised $200.00, just shy of two children’s beds and walked away with a killer black dress – Thanks, Swarna!

 

Happy Thanksgiving

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I am thankful for all of you, our volunteers, donors & supporters. Without you, our clients would not have a table & chairs to share their Thanksgiving meal or a bed to sleep in. Happy Thanksgiving!

Oh! The Things You Can Do With A Good Night’s Sleep

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Oh! The things you can do with a good night’s sleep.
You will jump out of bed and hop to your feet.

You will dream through the night. Wake up early with good rest.
Greet the day with a smile – ready to do your best.

You will feel awake and alert. The day ahead will seem bright.
Your head won’t be foggy. Things will appear just right.

Oh! The things you can do with a good night’s sleep.
Your brain will work better.
You will learn more in class.
You will have energy when running…every kid you will pass.

You will no longer need an afternoon nap.
The doctor will say… “You are a healthy chap.”
There is much to be gained from a good night’s sleep.
You will grow like a tree from the branches you’ll leap.

Oh! The things YOU can do to help a child get a good night’s sleep.
You can donate here at Deserving Decor. We provide beds to children who sleep on the floor.
With your contribution a twin bed  a child will keep.
In their home it will go for them to have a warm place to sleep!

Please send checks to:
Deserving Decor
PO Box 1055
Doylestown, PA 18901

or donate online with a credit card http://www.deservingkidsneedbeds.org/

Many hands make light work ~

Election Day

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It’s Election Day! As I cast my vote for the next President of The United States, I am grateful for our democracy. Democracy is government by the people; a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.  How we utilize these freedoms varies from person to person.

We are a society of different cultures, values, beliefs and political views. This was ubiquitous at the polls this morning. Voters quietly discussed their preference for the country while shuffling through the long line to vote. At times a communal cheer for Hillary could be heard from the parking lot, while others simultaneously promoted Trump – even a few Third Party supporters chimed in, but it was all very civil.

I looked around at the large group of people who have gathered in the same place for the same reason, but with different intentions. A portion of this group most likely has values and ideas that closely match my own, while others endorse something vastly different – but that’s what a democracy is and I’m good with it!

After casting my vote I drove away feeling patriotic and relatively significant. I decided to continue my day and hopefully the days to follow in a democratic state of mind.  I will consciously respect other’s opinions regardless of how much they differ from mine. I will not judge someone based on their choices and I will be more open minded to other’s ideas and situations, not just in a political realm but in everyday life – unless I’m watching CNN, then all bets are off!