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BARL seeks furniture donations for NEW2YOU fundraiser

Volunteers with the Brookhaven Animal Rescue League are looking for doors, dressers and even a dog house if it’s in good condition.

They’re hosting the first ever New2You furniture sale Feb. 1-2 and need items in new or gently used condition that can be sold to raise money for the no-kill shelter.

The idea for the fundraiser came from Ed Williford Jr., the manager at The Inez, who is trying to clear out some of the items that have accumulated in the apartment building’s storage. Furniture that has been left when renters moved on found its way into the storage, he said. He talked to the building owner, his brother-in-law Johnny Lynch, about what they could do. Williford contacted BARL volunteer Deana Pendley, whoorganizes the costume dinner in the fall and the Cat’s Meow sale in the spring, and suggested they partner for a big furniture sale, with all proceeds going to the shelter.

They planned to add the furniture to the Cat’s Meow sale, but Lynch is hoping to sell the Lofton Building — the items’ temporary new home — in the next few months and can’t wait until spring for the sale. That’s how the New2You furniture sale was born.

“They’re helping us and we’re helping them,” Pendley said.

BARL volunteers are seeking furniture of all shapes and sizes and accessory pieces like lamps, floral arrangements and art. They already have 27 woodendoors — some antique — that will be sold individually. What they don’t want are couches, mattresses, particleboard pieces, knick knacks or appliances, she said. The items are being kept in the vacant Lofton Building, next to Betty’s Eat Shop, through the sale in February.

To donate, call Pendley at 601-720-1505 to arrange a suitable drop-off time. All donations are tax deductible.

Pendley is also looking for volunteers who could haul items from donors to the Lofton Building.

All of the proceeds from the sale are used to pay for spay and neuter programs and operating expenses. BARL helped more than 2,000 dogs in 2018.

“We helped find homes, we transported, helped with spay and neuter programs, we helped families ‘reclaim’ animals,” she said.

Nearly 60 dogs are on a waiting list to find a spot at BARL, she said.

“We always need money,” she said.

The sale will be Feb. 1 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Feb. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon. Admission will not be charged, however, Pendley is asking for a monetary donation of any amount for entry. The Brookhaven Animal Rescue League’s mission is to humanely care for shelter animals while contributing to community activities that reduce pet overpopulation, encourage responsible pet ownership, protect public health and safety, and promote the human-animal bond