LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Groups in the Greater Lafayette area responding to the need for gently used furniture for the city's less fortunate.
The First United Methodist Church and the City of Lafayette's "Weed and Seed" program announced their collaboration to form the "Furniture Co-operative of Greater Lafayette" at the American Red Cross.
Organizers say when people donate used furniture, it's put in an online database.
Social service agencies can then work with their clients to pick out furniture..
"There are people in this community who have a desperate need for furniture, and agencies who have told us it is their No. 1 need – good used furniture," First United Methodist Church's Jeanne Norberg said. "We talked about (it) and we took a leap of faith. (We) said, 'Surely in a community like this we can make this happen,' and today we showed we can do it."
The furniture co-operative will hold a furniture drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday at the corner of Third and Cincinnati streets in downtown Lafayette.
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