The Fort Saskatchewan Furniture Bank received some significant support from local companies.
Real Storage in the Fort has provided a rental unit at a discounted rate and Agrium decided to help pay for a part of the rented storage unit and a vacuum.
“Our community has been generous with donations and support and this money from Agrium will help us with funds for one year of covering the cost of our storage unit and also significantly help us meet our goal to have funds for a three-year operating budget," said Jennifer Clish, president of the Fort Saskatchewan Furniture Bank.
Since December, the not-for-profit group assisted 34 families in the region, most of them with young children.
“The coordination to supply and deliver an entire two-bedroom apartment is very time-consuming. Our clients' stories are heartbreaking, their gratitude is heartfelt and there have been hugs and tears at the end of many deliveries. It’s that gratitude that gives our volunteers energy and enthusiasm," said Kathleen Stevenson, founding member of the Furniture Bank.
Volunteers at the Furniture Bank help deliver donated furniture from their rented storage unit or directly from community members to clients.