NEW YORK — When a dump chair furniture donation turned into a homeless funeral, Matt Mancuso found a place to stay.
Mancusos is an artist who has created more than 20 pieces of furniture that are used in funeral homes across the country.
His collection of wood, paper, cardboard, metal, and plastic is donated by his local funeral home, and it helps fund his work.
He had been staying in a motel, but decided to take his possessions to the funeral home for donations.
“I thought it would be a good idea to take them to the local funeral homes to make sure that we could get some of them,” Mancos said.
The donation turned out to be a big hit for Mancs, who has been living on the streets for nearly a year.
People who see his artwork often say it is just like a dream come true.
“It really means a lot to me to be able to have people come and see what I’m doing and then help me out,” Manchuso said.
He said it was a huge boost to his life.
“I mean, you know, this is a beautiful piece of art,” Manches said.
“If you have a piece of wood that is like a heart, it just gives you that extra bit of energy and happiness that comes with being able to make that piece and have it be a part of the community and help people around you,” he said.