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June 29, 2012

Furniture bank looks for more donations

Woodward, Okla. — The St. Peter's Catholic Church's furniture bank has been busy receiving and distributing donations for April 15 tornado victims.

"We've had wonderful donations and it's going out about as fast as it can come in," said Judy White, business manager at St. Peter's.

However, White said she is not sure of how many donations they've had thus far because no inventory has been kept.

She said the items they have received have been in very good condition and the people bringing it are always nice.  "Their hearts go out to the people directly effected by the tornado," she said.

White also said everyone who has received furniture has been very appreciative. Many of them have lost everything and are overwhelmed with this outpouring of love from the community, not only from the furniture bank, but all community groups who have been offering support, she said.

The furniture bank is "going well but we can always use more (donations)," White said.

The furniture bank will accept sofas, loveseats, chairs, recliners, coffee tables, televisions, consoles, lamps, dining or kitchen tables and chairs, shelves, dressers, chests, nightstands, desks, wall hangings, headboards and footboards, dishes, baby beds, and beds frames of all sizes but no mattresses will be accepted.

"It's a way (to help) for some people that don't really have a way to give help monetarily to the victims. They can give something they have not been using or that has been gently used," White said.

Donations cannot be picked up by the church.  So those who would like to make a donation must call and arrange to drop the furniture off at a secure location by contacting Judy White at St. Peter's Church office by calling (580) 256-5305.

Along with the church, Catholic Charities and St. Vincent De Paul have also been taking furniture for those who need it, White said.

Families and individuals affected by the tornado who need furniture, must have a referral to have access to the furniture bank.

To get a referral they must be registered with Catholic Charities, St. Vincent De Paul or the Red Cross and have communicated to those agencies a need for furniture through case work.

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