“There is no wrong way to give back to your community. It’s not one-size-fits-all. If you can’t afford monetary donations, consider donating your time or skills by volunteering with an organization. Every bit of help, well, helps!”
“Domestic violence is something that happens to other people. You let yourself believe that you and your loved ones are immune to it, until the day you aren’t.”
Fifteen years ago, Bonnie Lindberg, owner of Lindberg Furniture in Brookville, PA, experienced the unthinkable when she lost two family members to domestic violence. After suffering such a traumatic loss, Bonnie decided to channel her grief into a concentrated effort to support her local victim advocacy center, CAPSEA. An organization that, according to Bonnie, “has always been a constant, comforting presence in Elk and Cameron County.”
“At some point, I realized that my jewelry had the potential to bring joy to someone else’s day. It’s just my small way of showing kindness.
Bonnie estimates that over the last five years, she has created over 4,000 handmade bracelets. No two bracelets are the same, hand-strung using unique stones and charms.
“At some point, I realized that my jewelry had the potential to bring joy to someone else’s day. Donating the proceeds to CAPSEA is just my small way of showing kindness,” Bonnie says.
After tragically losing two of her family members to domestic violence, Bonnie decided to start selling her handmade bracelets for $5 in her store, with 100% of the proceeds going to CAPSEA. And it has been a resounding success.
While many non-profit organizations see a surge in donations around the holiday season, Bonnie’s unique contribution provides CAPSEA with support year-round.
Her bracelets aren’t the only way that Bonnie chooses to aid CAPSEA’s mission to provide counseling, support, and shelter to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Closer to the holidays, if a Lindberg Furniture customer spends a certain amount of money in the store, they are offered a turkey dinner, complete with stuffing, mashed potatoes, pie, and of course, the turkey. Every customer is given the opportunity to donate that meal to CAPSEA – and according to Bonnie, nearly all of them are thrilled at the chance to give back to such a well-respected organization in the area.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lindberg Furniture was unable to donate the meals this year, and instead opted to donate gift cards that the recipients could spend at the grocery store to buy themselves the holiday meal.
“Bonnie has been a dear friend to CAPSEA for years. We are so grateful for her ongoing generosity, and for helping to raise awareness for our small nonprofit and the services we provide,” said Billie Jo Weyant, CAPSEA Executive Director. “I’m inspired by Bonnie’s strength and resilience. She didn’t let her devastating loss break her, but instead it only further fueled her desire to help people, and to make a true difference in the lives of others.”
Give Back In A Way That Works For You
Bonnie encourages anyone thinking about supporting a cause or non-profit to think outside the box of traditional giving. “There is no wrong way to give back to your community. It’s not one-size-fits-all. If you can’t afford monetary donations, consider donating your time or skills by volunteering with an organization. Every bit of help, well, helps!”
"No man, woman or child should have to suffer through domestic violence or sexual assault. I am so happy that I can give back to an organization that works so diligently to support victims."
After partnering with CAPSEA for years Bonnie says, “I have nothing but wonderful things to say about CAPSEA and their staff. They go above and beyond – every single day. No man, woman or child should have to suffer through domestic violence or sexual assault. I am so happy that I can give back to an organization that works so diligently to support victims.”
If you are interested in learning more about the different ways to support CAPSEA’s mission, visit our pages on Donations, Volunteering, and Education.
About Lindberg Furniture
Bob and Bonnie Lindberg started Lindberg Furniture in 1982 in Johnsonburg Pennsylvania. What started in a two stall garage has grown to two locations totaling in excess of 50,000 square feet. Now with son Randy, they operate two stores in Brookville and Johnsonburg with a huge variety of furniture for any home and any budget. https://www.lindbergfurniture.biz/