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Wednesday, March 21 News

Project Return benefits from new furniture store's donation

Westport's newest furniture store proved to be a generous neighbor even before the ribbon was cut at its grand opening.

Bassett Furniture recently donated and delivered $10,000 worth of new furniture to the nonprofit Project Return group home on Compo Road. The agency provides housing and therapeutic services to adolescent girls in crisis.

Bassett, a national manufacturer and retailer of mid-priced furniture, recently opened its newest store at 1076 Post Road East.

A Bassett crew delivered two rooms of furniture to the group home about three hours before a formal ribbon cutting at the store, according to Laura Bard, Project Return's director of marketing and development.

Bassett donated a complete living room set -- sofa, three chairs, coffee table, end table, lamps, a rug and even artwork, Bard said. The store also donated bedroom furniture for the home's overnight staff, including a bedframe and headboard, a bureau and desk.

"We're thrilled, Bard said.

Some of the furniture that was replaced dates back 28 years to when the group home opened, she said Others were about a dozen years old.

Since the house opened in 1986, some furniture has been replaced through donations and some re-upholstered, Bard said. "Everything has been done in bits and pieces."

Bassett Furniture Industries is a publicly traded stock company that manufactures furniture and sells it at more than 100 company-owned and franchise stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. The company has been manufacturing since 1902, according to its website, and opened its first retail store in 1997.