Donate old jewelry for gem of a cause

'Sweet Dreams' fundraiser to benefit Schenectady YWCA's bed needs

Unwanted or broken jewelry in your drawer could help someone receive something of a different value getting a good night's sleep.

Soroptimist of Schenectady and Sondra's Fine Jewelry are holding a Sweet Dreams" fundraiser on Thursday, March 3, to benefit the Schenectady YWCA, which houses 55 woman in the main campus and 20 beds in the domestic violence center for woman needing a place to stay. The event will be trying to raise funds through donations of unwanted jewelry, which include old and broken gold, silver or platinum jewelry, silver flatware and coins. All donations will be appraised on site at Sondra's, located at 1624 Union Street, Schenectady, from 3 to 7 p.m., which will be turned into cash and used to purchase new mattresses for woman staying at the local YWCA.

"Just imagine turning a broken gold ring that's been gathering dust in a drawer into a comfortable mattress for a woman who is working towards recovering from an abusive relationship," said Sondra Stephens, owner of Sondra's Fine Jewelry.

While donating money to an organization might be difficult during tough economic times, Carolyn Morrill said donating unwanted jewelry is a way people can give without dipping into their bank account or savings.

"It is kind of a win-win for everyone," said Morrill. "We asking the public to donate their unwanted jewelry and they will get a tax receipt and help out the 'Y' with their need and they don't have to reach into their checkbooks."

Everyone attending the event can also enjoy some 'sleepy-time treats' from Villa Italia and a cup of freshly brewed tea from Divinitea. Any donations valued at $20 or more will allow you to be entered to win one of the three prizes offered, which include a weekend stay at The Killington Grand Resort Hotel, "New Year " New You" complete makeover from Hair Razors Salon and a "Sweet Dreams" gift basket including a reflection bead starter bracelet from Sondra's.

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