A last minute phone call around Christmas helped the Fort Saskatchewan Furniture Bank meet their 2017 goal.
 
Sherritt International Corporation called to tell them that they were donating $2000.
 
The furniture bank provides gently used furniture and household items to help those transitioning out of either abusive situations, homelessness or other scenarios.
 
"This money from Sherritt completes our goal to have funds to cover the cost of our storage unit for three years. Now we can concentrate on our major goal for 2018 to obtain charitable status with the Canadian Revenue Agency," said furniture bank secretary Cindy Cook.
 
Storage units are needed because they are a virtual organization with no store front and it is donations such as this one that keep the furniture bank going.
 
“Our client's 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 Cook.
 
She has seen several times clients have nothing but the clothes on their back and sleeping on the floor.
 
“These gently used items make a tremendous difference in their life. It helps them get back on their feet. In fact, we have had a previous client become a donor and that spirit of giving is amazing,” noted Cook.
 
The furniture bank began in December 2016 and they have helped 71 families to date.

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