Donated clothing meant for Ukrainians will stay in Westchester
The Westchester Design Center in Larchmont held a clothing donation drive in March meant for the people of Ukraine who are facing harrowing obstacles in the wake of Russia’s invasion.
But due to a logistics issue, the clothes are now being donated to The Sharing Shelf – a charity that addresses clothing insecurity in children and teens in Westchester County.
Valentino Lopergolo, owner of the Westchester Design Center, said the objective from the beginning was to send the boxes of donations overseas.
"Unfortunately, there was no charitable agency that were willing to take all these boxes," he told News 12.
Lopergolo estimated the shipping costs to ship themselves fell somewhere between $10,000 to $12,000. A GoFundMe campaign to raise those funds was unsuccessful.
The Westchester Design Center and The Sharing Shelf were content in the solution.
"Westchester County is such a unique place where there is so much to give and there are so many people that need to receive," said Alex Gatti, a Sharing Shelf board member.
Westchester Design Center hopes to move the boxes into The Sharing Shelf's warehouse by this weekend. The owner says he wants those who donated to know that their good deed went to a charitable cause.