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Locust Point resident thrilled with donation of new furniture

 

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Corner Furniture on White Plains Road helps mom and kids live in comfort againAlfonso Feliciano, Dawn Martinez, son, Xavier Martinez. Martinez, a single mother of two who lives in a modest two-family rental home in Locust Point, was devastated when Hurricane Sandy's floodwater surged through her entire home. Corner furniture workers set up new donated dining set.

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Alfonso Feliciano, Dawn Martinez, son, Xavier Martinez. Martinez, a single mother of two who lives in a modest two-family rental home in Locust Point, was devastated when Hurricane Sandy’s floodwater surged through her entire home. Corner furniture workers set up new donated dining set.

When Dawn Martinez went back to Locust Point last Friday after four weeks of uncertainty, a new home was waiting for her.

Her basement apartment, ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, got new life when a Bronx furniture store donated new beds, mattresses, a marble dining table and chairs so she and her two young children can live comfortably again.

“I walked into the showroom and they said, ‘Here is the kids’ section, whatever you want is yours,” Martinez said, recounting her visit to Corner Furniture on White Plains Road. “Living and depending on everyone else has been hard.”

Her apartment, which sits underneath her parents’ house, was destroyed by the storm. Belongings were wiped out, and everything soaked by the contaminated water needed to be trashed.

“We were more than happy to help,” said Eric Stechler of the family-owned Corner Furniture. “We wanted to give her some choices (for furniture). It’s a tough thing to happen to them.”

Martinez watched the water rise and reach the beginning of Tierney Place from her parents’ house the night of the storm. The family alternated between staying in the cramped space and a Comfort Inn in Connecticut on weekends, which was set up by FEMA.

The disaster was especially difficult for the single mom’s son, Xavier, 12, and autistic daughter Destiny, 9.

“It’s been hard as a parent to see my kids hurt,” said Martinez. “They lost everything. How do you tell them, ‘Don’t worry, I’m going to replace everything?”

Destiny had just been able to sleep on her own after Martinez coaxed her for nine years; now, she refuses to sleep by herself.

Martinez, who does not have renter’s insurance, was visited by state Sen. Jeff Klein, who pledged his assistance and helped coordinate furniture delivery.

“Her daughter and family are going to have a nice Christmas with a room full of furniture,” said Klein.

Movers carried the new items inside the apartment and began assembling pieces while Martinez, her boyfriend Alfonso Feliciano and son Xavier looked on in delight.

Her landlord also came through with a new paint job, electric wiring and new kitchen and bathroom appliances.

“We’re all together and we have our own family time, so that is really awesome,” Martinez said Monday. “It’s been a long crazy weekend, but at least we’re headed in the right direction.”

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