Safavieh recognized for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts
Cecile Corral -- Furniture Today, February 8, 2013
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. - Rug and accent supplier Safa-vieh has been recognized for accommodating Superstorm Sandy work crews at its offices following the storm.
Soon after the storm, Safa-vieh principal Arash Yaraghi was contacted by Port Washington Mayor Robert Weitzner with an urgent request to help house two work crews deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Yaraghi converted a section of office space at the company's 200,000-squarefoot facility for the workers, who otherwise would have been housed in a makeshift tent in a park, a press release said.
"When the mayor called to ask if we could house 16 in our building at 2 Channel Drive, I offered a part of our office space with restrooms, and my brother Michael, who runs our Safavieh Home Furnishings retail stores, provided beds, mattresses and pillows. The workers were very happy to be out of the cold," he said.
Weitzner told the Port Washington Patch newspaper that the city was "most fortunate and gratified that our commercial neighbors from Safavieh came to their assistance by providing a warm place to sleep, bedding and restrooms. On behalf of the community, thank you Arash and Michael."
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