Furniture poverty is on the rise in Toronto and Furniture Bank is feeling the pinch. The charity provides people in need with a way to furnish their homes — but they’re struggling to keep up with demand.
Today, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Toronto launched a pilot program with Furniture Bank, offering all customers the chance to donate their gently used, but otherwise unwanted furniture and housewares, upon pick-up. With this Furniture Drive, we hope to restock the charity’s warehouse to support as many people as possible — with a goal to double the number of families currently served through the donations we receive.
“In the Toronto area alone, roughly 50,000 people are living in a state of furniture poverty each year,” says Dan Kershaw, Executive Director of Furniture Bank. “They can afford the apartment; they have the keys, the lights, the food, and they’re making do. But they can’t become successful members of society without the furniture required to turn their houses into homes. This is why we exist.”
The Furniture Drive starts today and is rolling out across the GTA. With each junk pick-up, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? will separate all gently used furniture and household items, divert them from the landfill, and deliver them directly to Furniture Bank to be repurposed in their customers’ homes.
“We’re acting as a conduit to give our customers the chance to donate to an important charity,” says 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise partner Ashton Lubman. “Furniture Bank has led the way to provide furniture for families in need. Connecting this cause to what we do every day makes sense and can amplify their efforts.”
All donations are eligible for a tax deductible receipt based on the fair market value of your items, which usually costs an administrative fee of $100. But if you book your junk pick-up between April 1st and May 31st using promo code FURNITURE50, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? will cover 50% of this cost. All proceeds go to support Furniture Bank’s growing operations.
Furniture Bank is a socially progressive organization that provides furniture to people in need, including the formerly homeless, women and children fleeing violence, and refugees and newcomers. They can “shop” for furniture at the Furniture Bank warehouse, and have access to an interior designer for tips. Furniture Bank empowers people with the comfort, dignity and stability that comes from having a furnished home.
For more information on how your furniture can help people in your community, click here or call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? today.