Within our community, we have heroes. One such hero is Daniel Murch. I met Daniel in 2011, while working with the Salvation Army, during recovery efforts after five devastating tornados flattened neighborhoods within our community. Our entire county rallied together. Daniel, a young college student at the time, managed the clean up efforts and organizing volunteers to remove the massive amounts of debri. It was quite evident to everyone, Daniel was and is a keeper! Single girls, sit up and pay attention. We are talking husband material here.
Even after the warehouse was emptied and life seemed to return to normal, Daniel continued to help. I watched him making a difference in the lives of others, working in our poorer neighborhoods, influencing, leading youth and adults alike to step up and do something to help others. Before long, Transition Furniture was born.
Their mission statement:
What… Transition Furniture is committed to helping people & families who have had great loss in a house fire, natural disasters, or are moving into housing out of homelessness.
Why… tragedy is often unavoidable and rarely is anyone prepared. Furniture and belongings seem irreplaceable and many do not know where to turn or who to turn to. We exist to assist those who experience these tragedies and who have no direct path for restoration. We help them transition.
And help he has. Through referrals from partnering agencies, countless families have received assistance. Some of their stories are featured on their website transitionfurniture.org. This is an organization worthy of support and worth watching! Transition continues rallying the community together to help those who need support using social media and their website. This is love in action!
Most recently Transition Furniture became aware of kids in our community who were sleeping on floors. They sprung into action and before long 30 beds, mattresses, box springs and frames had been donated for their campaign.
Using social media, transition requested donations for bedding to accompany each new bed. Various families donated financially through an online account and/or delivered bedding sets they purchased to the drop off locations at either of the two designated drop off locations.
Our community has wonderful opportunities to “wash feet.” Transition Furniture’s Floor No More campaign became the focus for our family’s monthly simple service project in May. It was a lot of fun to shop for comforter sets and deliver them to the school. Participants could also sign up to volunteer their trucks and their time to help deliver them to the families, and from the pictures below it was a successful delivery day!
Transition Furniture is making an impact in our county. They are making a difference. It is exciting to watch where Transition Furniture is headed. You can like them on Facebook, follow their blog, and get involved with the work they are doing. Consider donating your gently used furniture, appliances, and general household items to Transition Furniture. You can contact them to see what they are accepting as their space is limited. Currently they store donations at our local United Way offices but plan to one day move into their own space. Pray for this work and the families they are impacting, and if you know of someone with an empty warehouse that they would be willing to offer to Transition send them Daniel’s way.