A local furniture bank that provides household items to uninsured fire victims needs donations after four fires forced dozens of people from their apartments around Fort Wayne over the past three weeks.The Mustard Seed Furniture Bank, 3636 Illinois Road, faces a “staggering” number of displaced individuals and families, including as many as 20 referrals from the American Red Cross after a fire Sunday morning that forced 40 people from a Baldwin Creek apartment building, Mustard Seed Executive Director Suzie Jordan said in a statement.
The furniture bank works with the Red Cross to assist fire victims. It also helps veterans, domestic violence victims, elderly people, those with disabilities or recovering from homelessness and young adults aging out of the foster care system.
Jordan said the agency's biggest needs are:
- Pots and pans
- Crock pots
- Cooking utensils
- Kitchen towels and dish cloths
The furniture bank accepts items that are in gently-used condition, but donations must be clean, free of rips, tears, animal hair and cigarette burns; and be in working order. Cash and gift card donations will go toward buying new items for the bank.
Donations can be brought to the furniture bank 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.