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Table tale shows how one family’s ending gives new start

June 30, 2009

As part of our 50th anniversary, we keep talking about ways to love our community, to love and appreciate the things that are great and to do what we can, with time, talent and treasure, to love and serve this place we call home.

This week, the tale of a table provides a metaphor for how one family showed its love to another family they will never meet, creating a small but significant legacy to help someone else on life’s journey. In this case, the table was part of an estate, no longer needed by the out-of-state beneficiaries. Thanks to a phone call from a local attorney and a connection through the Community Foundation, that table today is serving a family of five as they recover from the loss of their home in a fire.

Community Furniture Bank is the nonprofit organization that made the connection, as they regularly do for people who are downsizing or clearing out a parent’s home, filled with furniture that is no longer needed. As executive director Chris Yarboro explained, this single home yielded rooms full of furniture, along with 25 boxes of goods such as dishes and flatware.

“Just imagine how many families that will help, as they start their new lives,” Yarboro said.

The table quickly went into inventory in the CFB warehouse and was waiting when the woman came in, ready to move back into a permanent home. Today, the table is part of this new family, bringing hope in hard times.

Read more about how Community Furniture Bank helps people make the transition into permanent housing by supplying essentials for living, everything from table to beds and other basics. There are so many ways to love our community — and this is a great one, by helping one another during our lifetime or as a legacy after we’re gone.

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