It was just a few years ago that Andrea Bacaner had an idea pop into her head and into her heart. Always a compassionate person by nature, the Pembroke Pines nurse likes to put things together to donate a few times a year. However, she was tired of just placing things in bags and boxes and dropping off at local places with no idea of how the items would be distributed. She wanted to be sure that those less fortunate receive the items at no cost.
“I knew I wasn’t alone thinking that I wished there was a location for people to drop off donations so people in need can come and pick up necessities for free,” explained Bacaner. “So, at the beginning of the year, my husband Peter and our faith gave us the idea to get a warehouse and start reaching out, and that’s exactly what we did.”
In March, they found a warehouse in Davie which they started placing items they collected from others. Although, the husband and wife duo both work full-time but found the time to bring their project to life. The philanthropic couple accepts no money and they pay for the facility rent and electric bill all on their own. From shoes, clothing, and baby supplies to furniture, toys, and housewares, anyone facing difficult circumstances is welcome to take what they need.
Many individuals in Broward County have expressed their desire to help them achieve their goal including Lori Gacitua of Deerfield Beach and Jay Weintraub of Plantation.
“I recently had some household goods, clothing, and furniture to donate and I found out about the project on a local social media page. I met with Andrea and was so impressed with her and what she is doing that I immediately jumped in to help,” exclaimed newly retired Weintraub.
With the word on the street and some new-found volunteers, the warehouse is filling up and now has organized drop-off times. However, it is suggested that one call prior to stopping by. For those that cannot make it during those hours, they are happy to make accommodations and for those who cannot drop-off, Peter does pick-ups on Mondays.
“I love what we are doing, and I am giving many hours. It is just a feel-good thing that compares to nothing else! I am organizing the warehouse, putting info on social media, and reaching out to local organizations which is bringing in a lot of donations. If anyone knows anyone in need or anyone who wants to volunteer, please reach out. We actually have a warehouse full of stuff right now,” added Weintraub.
Current warehouse hours are Wednesdays from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. The warehouse is located at 4675 Orange Drive, Davie (corner of Orange Drive & 441). For more information, please contact Andrea (954) 632-8239 or Jay (954) 494-3831.