The Fort Saskatchewan Furniture Bank just celebrated its first birthday.
The furniture bank was started last January as a way to help out people in difficult situations and to date, it has helped 58 families.
“Last year when we started, we thought maybe we’d be helping a dozen families. We had no idea how great the need was,” said Kathy Stevenson, furniture bank co-founder.
They have done everything from providing beds and bedding to supplying a complete two bedroom apartment.
It was a year of growth, gaining more than 30 volunteers and additional storage space. They now have partnered with Real Storage in Fort Saskatchewan and have a drop-off box there for people to donate small items such as utensils.
“Because we were so busy last year, it’s obvious we need to expand our volunteer base and that includes on our board of directors. If anybody is interested in helping people in need they can contact someone on the board,” noted Stevenson.
The furniture bank officially became a registered not-for-profit organization last March.