EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Eastchester is going to be seeing double … and triple … and quadruple in a few weeks, when the Lower Westchester Mothers of Multiples hosts its 16th annual tag sale at the Tuckahoe Community Center.
Each year, the group gathers everything a family would need to provide for families that have or are expecting multiple children. The center will be a one-stop shop for parents, featuring books, toys, furniture, clothes and other essential items.
For the first time this year, the sale won’t be cash-only and shoppers will be able to use their credit cards to purchase items at a 2.75 percent fee per transaction. They’ve also updated their check-out system to streamline the process for convenience.
In addition to providing parents and those expecting with everything they need to provide for their families, former LWMOM President Marisa Horowitz-Jaffe noted the tag sale also benefits the community.
“In addition to providing a service to parents and caregivers in the community and offering high quality items at heavily discounted rates, we really appreciate that all of the items get a second life with another family, instead of winding up in a landfill” she said. “It’ll be much better for the environment as well as all of our checking accounts.”
According to the group, multiple births have become more common than ever, making the organization more important than ever. Women are waiting longer to become mothers and twins occur more frequently in mothers older than 35 years old. The increased popularity of in-vitro fertilization also has led to an increase in the trend.
LWMOM was created in 1997 to help with the challenges mothers and families face raising multiple children. There are more than 200 members throughout Westchester that use the organization as a lifeline and make use of its resources as they raise their families.
Horowitz-Jaffe noted this is the only fundraiser the organization hosts east year, and it pays for most of the events throughout the year. Anything that isn’t sold during the tag sale will be donated to several local charities.
“We believe that our local community benefits from the bargains available to help buy items for their children,” she said. “Any unsold items at the end of the sale are earmarked for specific local charities. We box everything up and all they do is stop by to pick up our donation. So no matter what, everything is gone by the end of the sale!”
This year’s Moms of Multiples tag sale will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at the Tuckahoe Community Center.
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