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Furniture donations slow during pandemic

Posted at 6:33 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 07:43:30-04

BLUE ASH, Ohio — As Ohioans began to quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, donations to local furniture banks started to vanish as well.

Once people started quarantining, New Life Furniture Bank in Blue Ash saw donations start to drop. New Life Furniture Bank helps people who have just moved into a new residence, but don't have things like a mattress or a kitchen table to furnish their residence with.

"We've got young adults that are aging out of foster care, victims of domestic abuse that are starting back over," said New Life Furniture Bank Executive Director Dana Saxton.

This shortage of donations has created a backlog of people who are in need of furniture. However, the furniture bank now offers to pick up donations from people without coming into contact with them, and Saxton said the donations go right to the people who need them.

"Those gently used furniture donations are going to do directly into the home of a family," Saxton said.

If you would like to make a donation to the New Life Furniture Bank, you can get in touch with them on their website by clicking here.