Nonprofit benefits from Washington business’ donation

Published 6:49 pm Monday, July 24, 2017

Paper towels, dish soap and tin foil may seem like regular household items to some, but for members of the organization Ruth’s House, receiving those items meant fulfilling their wish list.

Earlier this month, Washington-based idX Impressions, a company that manufactures cabinets for retail, donated household items and manufactured beds for the local nonprofit. Ruth’s House is an organization that aims to provide a “safe place” to victims of domestic violence and abuse in Beaufort County.

Pam Clark, client services associate at Ruth’s House, said the organization creates a “wish list” every month to help clients get back on their feet. Some items on the list include batteries, cling wrap, Post-it notes and even makeup.

“Anything you could use at home, we need at a bigger scale at the shelter. They did a really good job. We really want to give them credit. They were so kind and so generous,” Clark said.

Heather Bullock, human resources generalist at idX, spearheaded the donation as part of the corporation’s Volunteer Month during the month of May. She said the company was able to pick a charity of its choice, and when it reached out to Ruth’s House, the nonprofit shared information about the wish list.

“We posted some fliers at our facility. We had tables and boxes set up in the break room for donations. If they brought in an item, they’d get a T-shirt. We had that going for about two months,” Bullock said.

In addition to the wish items, employees at idX manufactured four double and four twin-sized beds for the clients. Clark said the beds were a huge help in transitioning those clients from the shelter into a new home.

“We have been able to help other charities throughout the year like Habitat for Humanity or Relay for Life or American Red Cross. Ruth’s House was one that we hadn’t been able to focus on,” Bullock said.

She said while helping someone out is always rewarding, this particular donation was special.

“It’s nice to know that maybe some young person will be sleeping on the bed that we made in a home that they never thought they would feel safe in,” Bullock said.