NEWINGTON - The Ferrari family is growing to include residents of nearby Bel-Air Manor this holiday season.
Staff at Ferrari’s Appliance, 460 New Britain Ave. are hosting a fundraising drive for people receiving treatment at the nursing and rehabilitation home at 256 New Britain Ave.
They are collecting used clothing, toys, books, shoes, home goods and more to bring to Savers, a thrift store that provides non-profit groups with money for bulk donations. Funds received will fulfill patients’ gift wishes on a holiday shopping spree.
“Residents are providing a list of what they want or need and we’re going to go out and purchase items then deliver them to Bel-Air,” Store Manager Ray Rodriguez explained.
They are partnering with The Chapel, a new church in town, to make the “FUNDrive” a not-for-profit effort.
“It’s Christmastime; we want to help the community,” Owner Stacey Ferrari said.
The store will be accepting donations of used items all this week, today through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday, the store will celebrate with refreshments, raffles, vendors, music and more.
After opening in January 2015, Ferrari and co-founder Robert Perlini, her brother, began a tradition of hosting business expos every summer. Families came for fun activities and a festival-like atmosphere. This drive is similar.
“I did it to bring people together,” she said. “Ferrari’s is a big family. Our customers are our family and people who aren’t customers - we want to bring them in to be a part of our family.”
Staff chose to focus on an often forgotten group of people who don’t have anyone to celebrate the holidays with.
“Everyone forgets about seniors,” Rodriguez said. “A lot of them have no family and no one to spend time with. For us to be able to deliver something they want and need and see their smiles will be the best. We also want to spend some time with them that day.”
Ferrari’s Appliance sells refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, air conditioners, grills, dehumidifiers, trash compactors, washers, driers, chest freezers and dishwashers, by all the big-name manufacturers.
Now that the weather is getting colder, patio heaters are flying off the floor. Businesses and homeowners alike use these to provide comfortable heat during outdoor gatherings.
The family-owned business offers rebates, along with free, same-day delivery and reasonable installation fees. Frequent status updates on service and repairs are provided as well as one-hour appointment windows. Prices are comparable and often match those of the bigger department stores and come with warranties up to five years.
Erica Schmitt can be reached at 860-801-5097, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go:
WHAT: Ferrari’s Appliance FUNDrive
WHEN: Nov. 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Donations can also be dropped off Nov. 20-25, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
WHERE: Ferrari’s Appliance, 460 New Britain Ave., Newington
To help: Bring a donation of used clothing, shoes, bedding, toys, home goods or electronics