This year alone, The Fort Saskatchewan Furniture Bank has helped 30 families, including 46 children.
The volunteer run, non-profit organization relies on furniture donations from the community to help furnish the homes of families and people in need.
Providing used furniture and household items, the Furniture Bank assists anyone fleeing domestic abuse, transitioning from homelessness, seniors, refugees and immigrants who need assistance and those who have lost possessions to a catastrophic event like a fire or flood.
“Since we officially started this non-profit organization as the Fort Saskatchewan Furniture Bank, at the tail end of last year, we have completed a total of 30 moves, that’s almost four moves a month,"said Kathy Stevenson, local lawyer and founding member of the Furniture Bank.
The Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society and the Furniture Bank work together in the community, with many of the referrals to the Furniture Bank coming from the Families First Society.
Donors can contact the furniture bank through their Facebook page if they have items for donation.
For items on the Furniture Bank's list, they arrange for a drop off at the storage unit or another donation location.