In November 2016, The View featured a family “whose strength and determination personifies what it means to be a champion.” Sisters Tai, Rainn, and Brooke Sheppard made headlines in the 2016 AAU Junior Olympics in Houston where they each won medals in track and field. However, their journey wasn’t an easy one. At the same time as they competed in the Junior Olympics, they were all sharing one bed in a homeless shelter in New York with their mom, Tonia Handy.
The View featured their story and debuted the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids in which the Sheppard sisters were named Sports Illustrated Kids 2016 Sports Kids of the Year and featured on the cover. After seeing their story, entertainer Tyler Perry offered to find them a place to live and pay their rent for the next 2 years.
In May 2017, the family returned to The View to follow up on their story. They were told that they had to spend time out of their apartment so that it could be painted, however they were in for another surprise. Since they had been sleeping on air mattresses and didn’t have any furniture, Tyler Perry also paid to have the new apartment fully furnished by interior designer Mike Harrison.
One of the furniture pieces donated by Tyler Perry was a Gothic Cabinet Craft bed. The bed is a full size 12 drawer storage bed made out of birch with an antique cherry finish, handmade in New York. Gothic Furniture is honored that it was chosen as a vendor for this project.
Gothic Cabinet Craft was started in 1969 in New York City. With a focus on quality and affordability, designs have evolved into practical storage solutions for urban areas. Gothic Cabinet Craft is a family operated business that manufacturers affordable, real wood furniture for every room in the home.
To learn more about the Sheppard sisters and their story, The View segment can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa9-GN-uevs To learn more about Gothic Cabinet Craft, visit the website here: https://www.gothiccabinetcraft.com/.