Wake Forest University is again donating furniture for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s on-going flood relief effort. Numerous families are still homeless due to devastating floods caused by Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
Beginning on May 14, furniture will be moved out of residence halls and into tractor trailer trucks. The university is donating 400 bunk beds, 400 desks and 230 dressers. Local companies have donated the use of the trucks and lent drivers to operate them.
“Many flood victims are living in horrible conditions, literally watching their homes crumble due to water damage,” said Michael Logan, a purchasing officer at Wake Forest and the university coordinator for the project. “We were spared that awful experience and are helping them by getting furniture into their temporary housing so they can live comfortably while they find new homes.”
The furniture will be taken to the Baptist State Convention’s warehouse in Grifton, N.C., located in the southeastern part of the state.
The Baptist State Convention will place the donated furniture in warehouses set up to provide group housing for families who have still not recovered from the flood.
The furniture will also go to public schools and non-profit human service agencies in eastern North Carolina.
This is the second time that Wake Forest has donated furniture to the Baptist State Convention’s flood relief effort. Last spring, the university gave more than 700 sets of furniture that included beds, dressers, mirrors, hutches, desks and chairs. Twenty tractor trailers trucks were needed to move the furniture to eastern North Carolina.
The university replaces residence hall furniture every 10-12 years. In previous years, the furniture has been donated to summer camps, group homes and other non-profit organizations.
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