Monday, August 21, 2006

Furnish from the heart.

We've been doing a lot of cleaning up and discarding lately, and in the process have found numerous items that can be donated for reuse or recycled. We knew what to to with the old rechargable batteries, the clothes we no longer wear, the old cell phones, excess school supplies and some other stuff. But what about the furniture we no longer needed? It can be hard to find an agency that will accept and use good quality, used furniture. That's where NFBA comes in.

The National Furniture Bank Association "is a non-profit association representing almost 70 furniture banks across America. The mission of the NFBA is simple - increase the capacity of existing furniture banks, and open new ones." They list several reasons to donate furniture:
* It's a very worthy cause. We all want to ensure that no child in America has to sleep on the floor.

* Furniture banks make it easy for people to dispose of furniture they're planning to replace. It will go directly to a family in need of essential home furnishings.

* Lastly, it's good, green thinking. Furniture banks keep thousands of tons of items from going into incinerators or landfills every year.

And they make it easy. Just click to find the furniture bank nearest you. We used the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta. They picked up our items and the donation is tax-deductible! You can't beat it.

So next time you need to dispose of furniture you're planning to replace, consider donating it to the furniture bank nearest you. You'll love providing "Furnishings from the Heart." (Thanks, Kwadjo!)

"The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." - Plato


Don Lawrence said...

It's people like you that make our world a little better. From me, the board of directors, furniture bank operators across the country, and the 100,000 families we served last year, thank you. High five.

Let's keep spreading the word. No child in America should have to sleep on the floor. We can all make a difference.

Don Lawrence
Vice President, Communications
National Furniture Bank Association

Karama said...

Thanks for the great work you and your organization are doing, Don! You all are making the real difference. I am happy to spread the word. Hopefully, some readers will be inspired to donate furniture, start a furniture bank, or support your efforts in other ways.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to So what can I do. Please come again soon. And keep up the good work!

Sunny Smith said...

I am also a big fan of the Salvation Army. When I was moving off to school, I got some great pieces of gently used furniture - they are still in use in my home, but someday might be donated back :) I recently also insisted that our old computer monitors from my office be donated. These went to the Goodwill Computer donation center. There is usually always a better place for old things to go then a landfill!

Karama said...

Hi Sunny

Salvation Army can be great. My mom bought the couch Kwadjo and I use now at Salvation Army just after I was born. It's a great piece of furniture and has served us very well.

And Kwadjo recently donated his old but functional computer to our local domestic violence shelter. They were glad to get it, just like Goodwill was glad to receive your's I'm sure.

Thanks for the good ideas, Sunny! And for your visit. Come back soon!

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Karama said...

Thanks for reading, Alyson. I'm sorry you're having difficulty with the feed; I'll see what I can do about that.

I hope you are enjoying So what can I do. Please come back again soon, and spread the word.

April Girl said...

Karama! Hello! I've never believed in coincidences. I never have.
And I also haven't been on blogger for over 6 months :(
Today I log on and come over to So what can I do? And right before my eyes I have the answer to my question. What should I do with the couch I've been thinking of giving away for the past week?

Thank you so so so much for doing all the beautiful work that you do.
Keep it up!

Karama said...

Welcome back, April Girl! I'm glad you found this post useful. I don't believe in coincidences either. I often feel guided to exactly the post I need to make, so that it will be ready and waiting when I or someone else needs it. I'm sure your couch will find a good home.

Thanks for your comment. Come back again soon.

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Anonymous said...

If you're looking for a place to donate gently used furniture, or want to get involved in a furniture bank organization near you, please refer to "" for a complete listing of furniture banks across America.

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MAP Furniture Bank
118 S Yale Ave.
Columbus, OH 43222

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