Storm wipes out donated furniture

CUTTLERVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — Covenant Christian Reform Church wasn’t damaged by Sunday’s tornado, but one of the churches’ most vital services was wiped out. And now, they need your help.

Covenant CRC runs a furniture ministry, which supplies everything from beds to pots and pans to the needy through churches and other organizations.

The items are stored off site, at a storage facility on Division Avenue near 56th Street, right in the path of Sunday’s tornado.

“If you haven’t seen the news, we got clobbered with the tornado,” Covenant Furniture Ministries Director Bob Storteboom told a caller trying to get help Friday morning.

There’s not much left of units at the back of the lot at Storage Pros on Division Avenue near 56th Street.

Sunday’s Tornado took the roof off the units. And somewhere in the mess are the items many depend on to keep their households going.

Not only did the tornado take out the supply. It also created more demand.

“I also work at a food pantry. And so people who come in there tell us their story about how they were hit are also saying where can I get furniture?” says Storteboom.”The ironic thing is that where they’re going to need it is also where we were.”

The ministry lost as many as 300 items when the roof came off and the rain poured in.

They also lost their storage place. That next problem was solved with the donation of a large trailer from Pylman Electric. They’re also using smaller, church owned trailers.

“Yeah, we got a little ways to go,” said Storteboom, opening the doors to a nearly empty trailer.

If you’d like to help Covenant Christian get back in business, call them at (616) 455-5120, extension 111.

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