Over $95,000 raised at Jordan’s 13th Annual Walk/Run for Adoption
Jordan’s Furniture Hosted 5K, Sunday May 22, 2022
Helping find homes for local children in foster care
Taunton, MA - Jordan’s Furniture hosted their 13th Annual Walk/Run for Adoption on Sunday, May 22 2022 at its Taunton location and raised over $95,000. The event benefited the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) in its ongoing mission to find adoptive homes for children and teens waiting in foster care.
MARE focuses on children in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) who cannot be reunited with their birth families, including those who are considered more difficult to place – teens, sibling groups, children of color, LGBTQ+ youth, and children with emotional, physical, and intellectual challenges. These children are in need of adoptive families and a place to call home.
“This event is a great way to celebrate foster care adoption…and to celebrates families”, says Eliot Tatelman, President of Jordan’s Furniture. “I am so happy to finally have this in-person event back and to raise important funds needed to find loving homes for kids in foster care”, he continues. “It is such a wonderful feeling to know that we have helped to create some of these families who attended the WalkRun. It does not get any better! MARE has been a crucial partner during our 22-year commitment to the adoption community.”
The family-friendly event kicked off with a 5K race followed by a celebration filled with food, music, and activities including face painting, balloon artistry, temporary tattoos, a family photo booth, and arts and crafts.
By participating in the Jordan’s Furniture Walk/Run for Adoption, walkers and runners help change a child’s life by supporting MARE’s work to recruit adoptive parents for children and youth in state care. Nationwide, there are over 115,000 children waiting in foster care, in need of adoption. In Massachusetts, over 2,400 children currently in foster care have the goal of adoption, and more than 1,700 of those children have no relative or other potential adopter. Older, school-aged children, sibling groups, children of color LGBTQ+ youth and/or children with special needs tend to wait the longest for families.
MARE’s Executive Director, Bridget Chiaruttini, shared, “We simply cannot do this important work alone. We count on the generosity and resources from community members to help us in our mission to find adoptive homes for youth from foster care.” She went on to say, “While raising funds is important, that isn’t the only goal of the day… it’s also about celebrating the adoption community and acknowledging the joy that children bring to a family. I am so pleased to see many of the same families return every year, continuing to gather together and experience the joy and camaraderie of their shared experience.”
To learn about adoption from foster care, contact MARE at 617-964-MARE (6273) or visit mareinc.org
MARE is a private, non-profit organization, founded in 1957 to find adoptive homes for children and teens in foster care, including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place. For more information about MARE, please visit mareinc.org.
Jordan’s Furniture honors graduates in foster care at Reading MA store
SPECIAL GUEST – GOVERNOR BAKER
Reading, MA – On Sunday evening, May 1, 2022, Jordan’s Furniture celebrated youth in foster care who are graduates from the Class of 2022. Special guests included the Governor Baker, DCF Commissioner Linda Spears, and Jordan’s Furniture President Eliot Tatelman.
The statewide event took place at the Jordan’s store in Reading, MA. It honored over 200 youth in foster care who are graduating high school, earning a GED, or receiving a degree. The celebration included food, activities, and an awards program that acknowledged the academic achievements of the graduates. The program included guest speakers with inspirational messages, highlighted by Governor Baker. Each honored youth also received a gift from Jordan’s, along with a Certificate of Achievement from DCF. The youth came from across the Commonwealth to attend.
Eliot Tatelman and Jordan's Furniture have been sponsoring this achievement celebration for foster youth since 2002. The guests at the Sunday evening event included graduates, their foster parents, siblings, and social workers who gathered to celebrate their academic achievements. “This is our 18th year hosting this special event. Each year, it gets bigger and bigger”, says Tatelman. “We are thrilled to continue the tradition. It is important to acknowledge the academic achievements of these great kids, many who have made it through some adverse conditions”, he says. “It is our way to show our support for them. And with Governor Baker here, too, it shows just how important these young folks are to the Commonwealth.”
“Whatever is next for our young people, whether it is a job or a degree, the power of education has put their life goals in reach. The Department is so proud of them”, says DCF Commissioner Linda Spears. “We are deeply grateful to Jordan’s Furniture and Eliot who, year after year, makes it possible for us to celebrate the accomplishment of our graduates in such an amazing way.”
Jordan’s Furniture plans to continue this annual tradition. They will also continue other initiatives to support the foster care and adoption communities.
Jordan’s Furniture hosts Adoption Meet & Greet for children in foster care and prospective families
(Reading, MA) –There are over 1,700 children in Massachusetts who are waiting for adoption right now. To help children in state care meet families that are ready to parent, Jordan’s Furniture is hosting a special adoption event this Sunday, April 10 from 8:30 - 11:00 am, at Jordan’s Furniture, 50 Walker’s Brook Dr., Reading, MA. This event is by invitation only.
Jordan’s Furniture hosts this event in collaboration with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) to help find permanent families for children in state foster care. Prospective adoptive parents who have been through the approval process and are licensed will be able to meet waiting children. Licensed families will have an opportunity to meet with social workers in a casual atmosphere.
“We continually look for ways to encourage interaction between children and adults at our adoption events”, says Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture. “After all, that is why the concept of adoption events work … people interacting with each other, getting to know one another, making new friends.” Tatelman continues, “We have a fun, family-friendly store in Reading with a ropes course and a water show, plus we add activities and attractions like arts & crafts, stilt walking, face painting and balloon artistry. It becomes the perfect environment for both kids and adults to enjoy some quality time together.” Eliot continues, “From previous adoption events that we have hosted, it has proven to be very successful in making matches and ultimately creating families! We are so proud to continue our support of the adoption and foster care communities because we see so many positive outcomes from our efforts,” Tatelman concludes.
The private event is open to families currently involved in Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) training or in the final stages of the homestudy process. Families will have the opportunity to speak with social workers and meet waiting children and sibling groups, in a fun and interactive environment.
“Children and teens need the stability and loving support a permanent family provides. Every child deserves a permanent family”, says Bridget Chiaruttini, Executive Director of MARE. “We are proud to continue our partnership with Jordan’s Furniture. Events like this one are a great way to promote fun interaction, and, hopefully, result in adoptive matches for the youth and families that we serve”, she concludes.
In Massachusetts, 2,400 children currently reside in foster care and have the goal of adoption, and more than 700 of those children have no relative or other potential adopter. Teens, sibling groups, children of color, youth who identify as LGBTQ+, and/or children with special needs tend to wait the longest for families.
Prospective adoptive parents can be almost any age (18+); single, partnered, married, LGBT; homeowners or renters; experienced parents or new to parenting. Families of various income levels can adopt, as long as they have a stable source of income to support a child. There are no fees to adopt a child from foster care. Financial subsidies may be available, and children adopted from foster care are eligible for a tuition-waiver at Massachusetts state colleges and universities.
Anyone who is interested in learning more about adoption from foster care, applying to become an adoptive parent or the MAPP training process should visit mareinc.org or call 617-964-MARE (6273).
MARE is a private, non-profit organization, founded in 1957 to find adoptive homes for children and teens in foster care, including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place. For more information about MARE, please visit mareinc.org.
Jordan’s Furniture, the premiere furniture and mattress retailer in New England, has one of highest grossing sales per square foot records in The United States. With indoor features like Beantown (city made of jellybeans), Sunbrella IMAX 3D Theaters, a 4-level ropes course (largest indoor ropes course in the world), indoor water shows, an iconic holiday village display, and full-service restaurants, Jordan’s Furniture is the leader in combining entertainment with shopping. Store locations are destinations, with the average time spent on-site over double the industry average. Customer Service at Jordan’s is paramount. Jordan’s 1200 employees, the “J-Team”, excel at providing an unparalleled shopping experience. Established over 100 years ago and starting as a family business, Jordan’s Furniture is a community leader in their markets and believes in giving back to the community through charitable partnerships. They currently have seven store locations including Avon MA, Natick MA, Reading MA, Nashua NH, Warwick, RI, New Haven CT and South Portland ME, along with a Distribution Center Taunton, MA.
Over 7,500 winter coats collected at Jordan's Furniture for area families
Jordan’s sponsors program to help local communities
Although 2021 was another year when everyone dealt with the pandemic, Jordan’s customers came out strong to support local families in-need! For the 17th year in a row, Jordan’s Furniture was one of the primary sponsors of Coats For Kids & Families, a program run by Caring Partners, Inc. that provides warm winter coats for both children and adults. Collection drives took place at all Jordan’s locations from October through December. Jordan’s promoted it on their social media channels, with email blasts and through broadcast public service announcements. The result was over 7,500 warm coats, professionally cleaned by Antons Cleaners, that were donated to families in-need within the local communities via social service agencies.
“Times are so tough right now for most people, due to Covid, but especially for families that are in difficult situations anyway,” said Eliot Tatelman, President of Jordan’s Furniture. “It was a no-brainer to participate in Coats For Kids & Families again, a wonderful program run by Antons Cleaners, who so generously cleans every single coat free of charge. And our customers stepped up to the plate! They donated thousands of coats and we are so thankful for their generosity.”, Tatelman concluded.
In addition to being a collection site for the donated coats, Jordan’s Furniture also provided the grand prizes in the Coats For Kids School Rewards Program, a part of the initiative that encourages students to get involved with collection drives at their schools. The financial prizes that Jordan’s provided to the schools went to their After-School Programs and/or their Sports Programs.
The mission of Coats for Kids is simple … anyone who needs a coat will have one. Since the program’s conception by Antons in 1995, over one million coats have been collected and distributed. Coats For Kids is a Caring Partners program and is sponsored by Jordan’s Furniture, Antons Cleaners, and Enterprise Bank.
Jordan's 2021 Head Start Holiday Gift Program Over 600 children receive gifts from the J-Team
The holiday season is a time of year when most people think about exchanging gifts with the loved ones. However, there are thousands of children every year who do not receive gifts, due to financial hardships. So, Jordan’s created the Head Start Holiday Gift Program over 10 years ago to help kids in marginalized communities who do not always find holiday gifts under the Christmas tree. All donated gifts are courtesy of the Jordan’s employees. The company partners with eight (8) Head Start programs in the neighborhoods where the stores operate and deliver wrapped presents in time for the Christmas morning. This year, over 600 gifts were provided to the schools.
“It’s all about family at this time of year”, says Eliot Tatelman, President of Jordan’s Furniture. “But right in our backyard, there are so many kids that simply do not wake up to presents on Christmas morning, so we wanted to help. Jordan’s has an awesome team of employees who help make the holidays brighter every year by purchasing specific gifts for specific children in the local Head Start Programs. Our Jordan’s family helps to spread holiday cheer to other families throughout our communities!”
The wrapped gifts were delivered to each school by Jordan’s drivers the week before the holiday, so that teachers could distribute them to parents or guardians of the young students, so that there were gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. Thank you to the members of the fabulous J-Team who participated in the program. They helped to make the holidays brighter for many in-need children throughout New England.
Jordan's Furniture hosts adoptive families at the Enchanted Village
In celebration of the 2021 National Adoption Day, hundreds of adoptive families came together for a private event at Jordan’s Enchanted Village in Avon. This private, invitation-only event took place on Sunday morning November 21, before the store opened to the public. The guests included families who had adopted a child, youth or sibling group from foster care during the calendar year of 2021. Children and adults alike enjoyed all of the attractions at the Enchanted Village free of charge including the newest activity called The Tube, an indoor mountain slide, along with indoor skating, the Reindeer Arcade Game, Polar Express, the laser LITE show, a photo with Santa, and of course, the iconic Enchanted Village display itself.
“We are so happy to be able to celebrate foster care adoption and to welcome these wonderful families to our holiday attraction again this year,” said Jordan’s Furniture President Eliot Tatelman. “We have been a strong advocate of finding permanent homes for children and youth in state care for a very long time. And now we see all of these success stories … all of these happy families. It make all of the time and effort well worth it! It is a great way to usher in the holiday season, since there is nothing more important than family.”
Jordan’s Furniture has been hosting this private event for adoptive families for over 12 years now and they plan to continue to do so in the future. For more information about foster care adoption, visit mareinc.org.
The ENCHANTED VILLAGE at Jordan's Furniture opens TODAY in Avon NEW THIS YEAR ... THE TUBE
Avon, MA - The Enchanted Village will open to the public today at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon. The display at Jordan’s has always been so much more than the iconic, historic attraction that revelers remember from years past with additions like Enchanted Ice (a 4,000 square-foot indoor skating rink), photos with Santa Claus, Polar Express 4D The Ride, the Holiday Laser LITE show and The Reindeer Arcade Game, along with the original Jordan Marsh blueberry muffins. And brand new this year : THE TUBE … an indoor mountain that both adults and kids can slide down on a deluxe inner tube!
In 2009, the Enchanted Village went from Jordan Marsh to its new home of Jordan’s Furniture in Avon when Jordan’s President Eliot Tatelman bought it at auction. And now 12 years later, Tatelman still wants families to experience the magic in the high-energy environment that includes activities for everyone. “It has been great to see generations of families visiting us during the holiday season. They spend hours touring the Village, visiting Santa, seeing Polar Express, experiencing our laser LITE show, and skating indoors. And now they can have a blast together sliding down The Tube! We’re a furniture store…but so much more during the holiday season!”
At the Enchanted Village, the public will see the animated figurines and yuletide scenes that are remembered from the many years at Jordan Marsh in Downtown Crossing. However, the display has been fully refurbished and Jordan-ized and it now includes indoor snow storms.
In addition to the historic Enchanted Village, revelers can also enjoy The Tube slide, Enchanted Ice indoor skating rink, Polar Express 4D The Ride, the holiday laser LITE show, the Reindeer Arcade Game, and photos with Santa Claus. Guests can also purchase the original Jordan Marsh blueberry muffins.
The Enchanted Village at Jordan’s Furniture in Avon will be open to the public starting today until Sunday January 2, 2022. For hours, prices, details and directions, visit jordans.com. Tickets for all attractions are available online.
Masks are required on all guests and staff.
Big turnout for Jordan's 2021 Adoption Meet & Greet at their Reading store!
Reading, MA – during an early October Sunday morning, hundreds of guests gathered at the Jordan’s Furniture in Reading MA for the chance to talk to social workers about foster care adoption and for the chance to meet children and youth living in state care. It was the Fall Adoption Meet & Greet on Sunday October 17, 2021 … an invitation-only “matching event” for pre-adoptive families to potentially meet their future son or daughter. It provided the opportunity to not simply hear about foster care adoption but to actually begin to create a bond with a possible “match”. These type of face-to-face events have proven to be highly effective in creating families. It was hosted by Jordan’s Furniture and was in partnership with the Massachusetts Research Exchange (MARE) and the Department of Children & Families (DCF). All activities were socially distant and all guests and staff were required to wear masks. Although Jordan’s has been running adoption events for over 20 years, the Adoption Meet & Greet was the first one in almost 2 years, due to Covid.
“In this age of technology and video, it is so important to run events where families and kids can experience “face time” together”, says Eliot Tatelman, President of Jordan’s Furniture. “To make the decision to adopt from foster care is very emotional and it requires time. It requires time for the families and the children to get to know each other. And that is why we run these types of events.” He continues “To literally watch the interaction and the communication take place is truly special. We are so proud to be a part of the process.”
Over 400 guests were at the Jordan’s Reading store during this private event that took place before the store opened to the public. The guests included social workers, families trained in foster care adoption, and children in state care. There were also many fun activities throughout the store that encouraged families and kids to play together. Both MARE and DCF will track to “matches” from this event, in the hopes that they lead to adoption legalizations.
Jordan’s Furniture has been a partner with MARE for 21 years, embarking on countless initiatives and events to help find permanent adoption homes for children, youth, and sibling groups in state care. For more information about foster care adoption, visit MAREInc.org.
Jordan's concludes their 2021 Cradles To Crayons collection drive for the "Reading For Learning" program
More than 2 truckloads of donations delivered to the Giving Factory … helping over 2400 kids!
Jordan’s Furniture continued their partnership into the 9th year with Cradles To Crayons through a company-wide collection drive for their “Ready For Learning” Program. New and like-new children’s clothing (shirts, pants, sweaters, sweatshirts, and jackets) for infants to 12 years old were collected at all stores and in the Jordan’s Taunton Distribution Center from June through August. “Ready For Learning” is a school preparedness program, which provides low-income and homeless children with the essential back-to-school supplies and clothing needed to start the year prepared and excited to learn. The Cradles to Crayons/Jordan’s Furniture partnership, now in its ninth year, has supported more than 19,000 children to date and expects to pass the 20,000 mark this year.
“We are so proud to continue our partnership with Cradles to Crayons and to support their Ready for Learning program,” said Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President. “This past year has been so difficult for many, many area families, so we are happy to help ease their burden for this upcoming school year, no matter where the classrooms are located,”. Tatelman continues, “I remember my first days of school and all of the memories of each one. It is so important for every child to feel worthy. By working with the team at Cradles to Crayons, we hope to do our part in helping area children get ready for school and be prepared to learn. Through the generosity of our wonderful customers, we know that our donation drives have made an impact during the last eight years. We hope for the same success this year.”
“We sincerely thank Jordan’s Furniture for their sustained support. They continue to be an invaluable supporter of our Ready for Learning initiative and help to ensure that thousands of local children begin a new school year with the supplies and clothing they need to succeed and feel confident,” said Aubrey Conquergood, Executive Director at Cradles to Crayons Boston. “We are working to assist families in Massachusetts recovering from the current health crisis, and the efforts by Jordan’s Furniture will go a long way in helping children in need as we look ahead at the Fall.
The collection drive concluded with over two truckloads of school clothing to donate to Cradles To Crayons and their “Ready for Learning” Program! How many children will the donation impact? More than 2,400! The school clothes will be distributed to in-need families throughout Jordan’s communities via Cradles To Crayons and additional partners such as Maine Needs and CT’s New Reach, Inc. Since donations are generally low during the Summer months, Cradles To Crayons relies on Jordan’s partnership to be able to help many families get ready for the upcoming school year. Jordan’s is proud to be a loyal partner with Cradles To Crayons and to help area families.
Jordan's Furniture Launches The 2021 Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program
Baseball and softball equipment for underserved youth
In partnership with the Red Sox Foundation
Taunton, MA – It’s been a long year for everyone but especially for kids so it’s time for them to get back on the ball field. Jordan’s Furniture is proud to announce the launch of their 2021 Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program, a project that will supply like-new baseball and softball equipment to youth in underserved communities for the upcoming season. In partnership with the Red Sox Foundation’s Reviving Baseball in Inner-Cities (RBI) Program, equipment will be distributed to help the Foundation in its mission of closing the opportunity gap for players and coaches in our communities, which has widened considerably in the wake of COVID-19.
Starting this week and running through June 13, equipment donations can be dropped off at any Jordan’s Furniture location in MA, RI, NH, ME, and CT, including their Taunton Distribution Center. All donations must be in like-new, clean condition. Equipment includes bats (metal only), catcher’s equipment, gloves, cleats (metal and plastic), baseballs (new), and softballs (new).
“We have been running our youth baseball donation program for over 10 years now because we have seen in past seasons that the equipment gets directly in the hands of kids who need it. And the need does not end,” said Eliot Tatelman, President of Jordan’s Furniture. “Equipment is so expensive and there are thousands of kids that just cannot afford to play sports. We are excited to, again, team up with the Red Sox Foundation…the perfect partner!”
“As we work to get our youth back on the field after what has been such a devastating year, we are deeply grateful to Jordan’s Furniture for the opportunity to once again partner together for the Double Play Program,” said Bekah Salwasser, Executive Vice President of Social Impact for the Red Sox and the Red Sox Foundation Executive Director. “Now, perhaps more than ever, our mission to promote equity and provide access and opportunity for every youth to play baseball and softball is critical. We couldn’t return to play without this equipment, and we’re proud to work alongside Jordan’s to leverage both of our platforms to inspire recovery, rebirth, and hope in the season ahead.”
Other community partners include the New Haven YMCA Youth Center and the South Portland Little League.
The 2021 Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program runs through June 13. All information can be found online at www.jordans.com and at www.redsoxfoundation.org beginning today.
If the Red Sox pitch a No Hitter, all the furniture and mattresses you are FREE!
Jordan’s 2021 Red Sox Promotion
If the Red Sox pitch a No Hitter, between August 3 and October 3, everyone’s furniture and mattresses will be FREE! The Red Sox have done it 18 times before so they could do it again. This year, it’s not about the season … it’s about one game! And with starters on the pitching staff like Eduardo Rodriguez, Garrett Richards, Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Nick Pivetta, and Chris Sale, a No Hitter could definitely happen! Plus, there is an old familiar face in the dugout with the return of Manager Alex Cora.
Buy anything at Jordan’s Furniture between this Wednesday April 14 and May 16 and it will all be FREE, if the Red Sox pitch a No Hitter at any home or away game from August 3 through October 3. There is an average of 3 ½ No Hitters pitched each year.
In addition, customers can also get up to 60 months with no interest and equal payments along with no minimum!* There is no limit on the amount of furniture or the selection of furniture.
“We love the Sox and the great partnership we have with them”, says Eliot Tatelman, President of Jordan’s Furniture. “They have become part of our family and I’d like to think that we have become part of theirs. We’ve been offering our customers unbelievable opportunities, tying in with the Red Sox for many, many years. In 2007, we gave away over $30 million dollars of free furniture to 25,000 families when they won the World Championship”, says Tatelman. “We are always rooting for the Red Sox! If they pitch a No Hitter this year, we’ll give away millions of dollars’ worth of furniture and mattresses again. They’ve done before. They can do it again!”
For all promotional “No Hitter” details and Terms & Conditions, visit any store location or click here for details.
Jordan's Furniture supports foster care adoption in Maine
Heart Gallery video display at Jordan’s South Portland store
South Portland, ME – Jordan’s Furniture opened their seventh store in July 2020, despite the pandemic. One of the first projects with the community was to extend their 20-year support of foster care adoption into the state of Maine, where this week they launched the Heart Gallery display, after six months of planning. The video display highlights children, youth, and sibling groups who are in foster care and seeking permanent adoption. Program partners are the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Child & Family Services (OCFS), Spurwink, and A Family for ME, the non-profit organization that oversees the Heart Gallery display throughout the state.
“After so much planning, we were thrilled to open our store in South Portland last summer,” said Jordan’s Furniture President and tv pitchman Eliot Tatelman. “And we were also thrilled to launch the Heart Gallery this week, so that we can help find adoptive homes for some very special kids.” Tatelman continues, “Jordan’s has been a strong and loyal advocate of foster care adoption for a long time and I am glad that we are able to continue our support up here in Maine. We hope to help find forever homes for lots of great kids!”
Rebecca Beal from A Family for ME says of the partnership with Jordan’s “A Family for ME is grateful that Jordan’s Furniture continues their tradition of excellence in supporting communities by implementing a multi-step partnership with the Maine Department of Health & Human Services, beginning with sharing pictures and biographies of Maine children who are waiting to meet their forever families. This commitment and family-focused approach has been an important resource in several of their New England – based locations. Please join us in visiting Jordan’s Furniture’s South Portland location for a one-of-a-kind family-focused experience.”
A Family for ME works in partnership with OCFS, Spurwink, and DHHS on The Heart Gallery that has dozens of locations throughout the state of Maine. All Heart Gallery displays are continually updated, making sure that the current waiting children are the ones highlighted in the display.
Jordan's Furniture collects a record-breaking 10,000 coats for in-need-families
Over 16 years as a primary partner in Coats For Kids Program
From October 2020 through February 2021, all Jordan’s Furniture locations accepted like-new, gently-used winter coats for all ages, as a corporate partner and primary sponsor of Coats For Kids, a program run by Caring Partners Inc. The program provides winter garments for both children and families to area families in-need. Through the generosity of Jordan’s customers, a record-setting 10,205 winter coats were collected. All coats were cleaned free of charge by Anton's Cleaners. The donated coats were distributed to area families by partnering organizations and social service agencies in all Jordan’s communities in MA, NH, RI, CT and ME.
This season was especially challenging due to Covid. There were many more families in financially difficult situations so the program was extended, to be able to generate more donations and , therefore, help more families. It worked! Countless customers donated thousands of coats that were distributed throughout New England.
Jordan’s Furniture has been a 16+year sponsor and partner with Coats For Kids. “We are so proud to be an integral part of this important program that gives back directly to the community”, says Eliot Tatelman, President of Jordan’s Furniture. “Especially this year, it was so important for us to continue our community outreach, despite the challenges that we have all encountered. We wanted to address the hardships of families that are right here in our communities.” Tatelman concludes “ I am glad that we could play a role in helping them out during this very difficult winter. And our friends at Anton's Cleaners, who created the program, do such a great job! We are happy to support this wonderful initiative.”
The mission of Coats for Kids is simple, “Anyone who needs a coat will have one.” Since the program’s conception by Anton's in 1995, over one million coats have been collected and distributed. Coats For Kids is a Caring Partners program and is sponsored by Jordan’s Furniture, Anton's Cleaners, and Enterprise Bank.
Local Head Start Programs receive holiday gifts
From Jordan's Furniture staff for the 2020 holiday season
During the unprecedented 2020 holiday season due to Covid, the employees of Jordan's Furniture generously donated gifts for the children at eight (8) Head Start schools within the company's communities. Over 550 wrapped holiday gifts were delivered to the schools late December, making the challenging holidays a bit brighter for lots of local children. The gifts were distributed to the Head Start programs within the neighborhoods where there are Jordan's store locations. It was all part of the Jordan's Furniture 2020 Head Start Holiday Gift Program. The gift deliveries were made to the schools in time for the teachers to distribute them to the students in the classroom or for the parents to use on Christmas morning. Jordan's staff members, called the J-Team, who participated in the internal Holiday Gift Program chose a specific child and then purchased and wrapped a gift to donate to him or her. It is one of the most rewarding Jordan's deliveries made all year.
"Thank you doesn't seem enough to say", said one Head Start teacher when finding out about the program. "Jordan's has left me speechless, smiling and has given me hope during this difficult time."
Eliot Tatelman, President of Jordan's Furniture said, "We are happy to continue our annual holiday gift program to children in our communities. During this extremely difficult time, so many families are struggling to simply pay bills, never mind purchasing toys or presents for the kids," continued Eliot. "It means a lot to be able to continue this Jordan's tradition."
Jordan's Furniture has partnered with area Head Start programs during the holiday seasons since 2009, with all donated gifts directly benefiting the children and the families within the schools. Head Start programs promote school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by supporting their development in a comprehensive way. The programs within Head Start support early learning, health, and family well-being. Jordan's Furniture is proud to make the holidays brighter for these very special children.
Annual holiday fundraiser pivots during Covid
Jordan’s hosts the WPLR Chaz & AJ Toy Drive at Jordan’s Furniture New Haven
The one-week collection drive raises over $166,000!
The WPLR morning team of Chaz & AJ knew that they needed to change one of their annual traditions that normally includes a live broadcast in front of hundreds of fans, musical performances, and special guest interviews. Their highly celebrated Toy Drive raises money and toys for area organizations that support children in-need. Due to Covid, however, the spectator event could not take place as usual.
Instead, the 2020 WPLR Chaz & AJ Toy Drive consisted of a one-week collection drive at the Jordan’s Furniture New Haven store. Even during the unprecedented time of a pandemic, the event raised $166,546.38 in toys and money for the partnering charities. Guests were asked to come to the store anytime during the week to drop off their donations. Members of the WPLR Morning Team were on-site each day to meet guests and accept the donations.
“Jordan’s customers and WPLR listeners are awesome!”, said Jordan’s President Eliot Tatelman. “Even during a global pandemic, these great folks came out to donate toys and money for kids in their community who are going through a tough time. Amazing.”
Proceeds from the toy drive benefited five (5) local children’s charities including Central CT Coast YMCA, McGivney Community Center Inc., Boys and Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, Team Inc, and the Center for Family Justice. This year’s fundraiser was the 5th year that Jordan’s hosted it. Thank you to all of the donors and to the entire WPLR team. Jordan’s Furniture is happy to host the annual toy drive and to support such wonderful organizations.