Everyone has a Story – The Niagara Furniture Bank

I hope everyone is having a great week so far! My first month at the Niagara Furniture Bank has flown by. This is due to the amount of donations we have been receiving. Myself and the rest of the team have been busy both on the road.  Also busy is the warehouse picking up, delivering and organizing furniture that has been donated to us.  We couldn’t be more thrilled! The Niagara Furniture Bank is currently delivering to three (3) families a day and look forward to maintaining and hopefully improving this number by the end of the summer. Being out on the road and meeting the individuals donating and receiving furniture is the most exciting part of working at the Niagara Furniture Bank.

Everyone has a story

Everyone has a story.  Delivering furniture to a person or family going through a tough time or just settling in to a new home in a new country is truly rewarding. Recently, myself and one of our drivers spent all morning loading the truck with one large order of furniture. This, opposed to the three we typically fit into one truck. While it was a long morning we proceeded to deliver the furniture to a family who were new to Canada. 

The family did not have anything, and certainly no furniture in their home. Our end user could not wait to receive their furniture.  This family hah finally began turning their house into a “home”. Expressing to us the challenges of settling into a new country, they told us how how welcoming the city of St. Catharines and community has been.  These amazing people were grateful for their new furniture, and shared this story, over some refreshments they had prepared for us.

Think of what you needed in your first home

When gathering items from your home to be collected by Niagara Furniture Bank, think back to what you needed for your first home.  You wanted a toaster, not a waffle-maker. You needed a bookshelf, not an 8 foot entertainment unit. All of us here at the Niagara Furniture Bank thank you for keeping us in mind.  We are looking forward to a successful summer of helping individuals and families in the Niagara Region!

 

 

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