RICHMOND (WRIC)—The mission of the Caritas Furniture Bank is simple—equipping those coming out of homelessness or housing crises with furniture.
But supplies at the organization's warehouse on Commerce Road are painfully low, while demand is surging.
"I must get five, 10 calls a day about all these children sleeping on the floor," said Hunter Moum of Caritas Furniture Bank, whose clients are screened and referred by nearly 90 area agencies. "It breaks my heart."
For clients like Michael, Caritas is helping him rebuild his whole life.
"It makes my holiday; it makes it great," he said. "It made my holiday so I'm real grateful to them this Christmas; this is my Christmas."
It's easy to help—you can drop off your items at the Caritas warehouse.
"We also offer a pick-up service," Moum said. "So if you are not able to bring us your sleeper sofa, your sectional, your gently used king mattress and box spring, we will come pick it up for you."
Smaller household items like linens and pots and pans are also desperately needed. Giving may be the boost your holiday needs.
"I want children to have toys for Christmas. I want them to have bikes," Moum said. "I have three of my own—I want to spoil them rotten. But, giving the gift of a bed or a desk to do homework, or a dresser to put your clothes away, or a dining room table and chairs to have a dinner around, that's a really nice gift, too."
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