Donations Are Being Channeled Through The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s been over seven months since superstorm Sandy slammed into New York CIty, but many are still suffering. Ikea is trying to help those victims.

On Tuesday, the Swedish furniture retailer announced it will be donating home furnishings – including hundreds of beds, mattresses, dining room sets, and sofas – to those who lost “the basic furniture that helps to make a house a home.”

Ikea has joined with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation in its effort. The foundation, created in the wake of 9/11, changed gears right after Sandy struck.

“We have provided, so far, over $15 million worth of superstorm Sandy relief, and at the same time we’re building homes around the country for soldiers who have been seriously injured [in] either Iraq or Afghanistan,” John Hodge, a cousin of Stephen Siller, a firefighter who died on 9/11.

LINK: Tunnel To Towers Foundation

“We have two different types of dinette sets. We have three different sofas,” WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond was told. “Queen mattress sets and twin mattress sets also.”

Three trucks full of furniture were parked Tuesday at a Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island distribution center of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

There were 150 futons, 200 dinette sets, and 200 twin mattress sets among them.

“And now we can have some furniture so really really helped. Thank you,” said William Ravici of Midland Beach, who picked up a couch, two tables, and chairs. “The house is kinda done… Now with this furniture, we’re able to sit down, have a home again.”

Affected homeowners with FEMA papers and photo ID can pick up furniture at the 2361 Hylan Boulevard location or on Gerritsen Beach on Saturday. For more information, call 718-987-1931.

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