Furniture bank donations needed to help families furnish homes – Macomb Daily

Imagine waking up on the floor on Christmas morning because you don’t have a bed or even a sofa to lay down on?

This year, in particular, due to evictions, floods and refugee resettlements, the Furniture Bank of Southeast Michigan has more families than usual living in empty houses as the summer season approaches. holidays.

“When these families can finally move into a new home, they’re naturally excited,” said Robert Boyle, executive director of Furniture Bank. “But if they don’t have basic household furniture and live in a house or apartment with nothing more than a floor, ceiling and walls, they can’t get enough rest. Their lives will continue to be stressful.

The Furniture Bank, which encourages people to do their spring cleaning earlier this year, helps with the items everyone needs to make a home a home.

Got a bed or sofa that has been moved to make room for a Christmas tree?

The furniture bank still needs king, queen and twin beds as well as usable mattresses and box springs of all sizes.

“We want the kids to be toasty warm in their beds for the holidays,” Boyle said. “Don’t sleep on hard, cold ground.”

Twin mattresses and box springs are particularly popular.

Dressers are also in great need.

For a small fee, the furniture bank will also remove larger items that might require a truck for pickup, such as wardrobes, cupboards and entertainment centers in China.

“We are making these items available to all members of the community to take away for free, and the money we earn helps us provide the basics to more families trying to lift themselves out of poverty and to establish a stable home, ”Boyle said.

Each year, the Furniture Bank, which is located in Pontiac but serves all of Southeast Michigan, keeps large quantities of furniture out of landfills and in homes, while providing thousands of children in the area. area a bed to sleep in and families a table to gather around. for a meal.

This year, the organization has helped nearly 2,000 families in Macomb and Oakland counties with more than 15,000 pieces of furniture, including beds.

“The need is huge in our area,” Boyle said. “Our program enables families and their children to live in a home where they can feel good. “

A monetary donation of $ 5, $ 10, $ 25, $ 100, $ 250 or whatever amount you can afford goes directly to helping families furnish their homes, which is expected to total up to 2,500 over the course of the year. year to come.

“You can also set up your donation as a recurring gift to make a monthly donation,” Boyle said. ” We thank you for your support. “

It’s hard to imagine living in a house without furniture, but here are the statistics:

  • 180 families are served by the Furniture Bank each month
  • 1,450 pieces of furniture are provided each month
  • 70% of Furniture Bank clients earn less than $ 10,000 per year
  • 3,600 children and young adolescents are expected to need help in the coming year

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