Just this past summer Sherida Kinney of California, KY walked into the Cold Spring Furniture Fair looking to purchase some new furniture for her home.  Not sure exactly what she wanted, Mindy a Furniture Fair sales rep and Amanda Kincaid the assistant manager, stepped in and helped Sherida make some great purchases.

Sherida purchased two beautiful Smith Brothers chairs and a Flexsteel sofa, loveseat and ottoman.  During the process of picking out the fabric Sherida came across a swatch that just happen to be discontinued.  Sherida asked, “What do you do with the discontinued swatches?”  She told Mindy and Amanda surely there was something she could do with them.  Sherida arrived the next day and Furniture Fair and filled up her SUV with a stockpile of discontinued swatches.

Sherida is a member of Mentor Baptist church where her and her friends, also known as the “church ladies”, participate in the Operation Shoebox program.  Operation Shoebox is committed to treating every hero with care and honor by providing coffee, socks, toothpaste and sports gear into care packages or sending letters of encouragement.  They also organize fundraisers and collect supplies for homeless veterans.  These are all things near and dear to Sherida’s heart.

Within days of receiving all of the fabric from furniture fair there was a need for mats and blankets for the homeless.  Sherida thought to herself she has the perfect material to make something beautiful.  Two swatches across and four down makes a perfect mat.  She backs each mat with a shower curtain or a nice plastic table cover to keep the moisture from seeping through.  Pretty clever!

Another organization, Sparetime Belly and Soul of Alexandria, KY provides food for the homeless on 3rd street in Cincinnati every other Tuesday.  Now on those days Sherida’s mats are also passed out to anyone who needs them.  She also provides her mats to the Henry Hosea House – Newport.

Some of the swatch fabrics are velvet, she uses that material to make teddy bears for first responders of Campbell county, Kenton County, and Alexandria Police & Fire department to hand to children who need comfort.  She also uses the grommet part of the swatches to make carrying bags to also hand out.

Sherida is retired and started out thinking she could do something small to help.  Her small acts of kindness turn into beautiful blessings for many.  Sherida says, “There is no striving or worries to make it happen.  It just all comes together”

Thank you Sherida for sharing your story with us.  Furniture Fair is honored to have been a small part of Sherida’s great contributions to our community.  A Furniture Fair core value is Community – We are family. We’ll do what we can to help. We support local causes. We take pride in our Community. It’s our home too!