Iowa Charity is busier than ever before the holidays

An Iowa charity says it served a record number of Iowa families in 2022, and the need continues to mount. The Freestore in Des Moines provides families with furniture and household items. “We are in the business of helping families start over, and all of these families are families that are facing poverty,” said Board Member Jeanie Smith. According to Freestore, 277 families were supplied in the first eight months of this year. Last year, the charity served a total of 245 families. Everything in the camp is donated, and volunteers sort, transport, and deliver items to struggling Iowans. Many are domestic violence survivors or families referred by social services. “Instead of treating maybe eight or 12 clients a week, we were treating 15 or 18 clients, and that’s a lot,” Smith said. As demand increases, the shelves in the Freestore are beginning to look empty. The charity says it has never had so few beds in its 20-year history. “We never want a family to leave here without having beds for themselves and their children,” Smith said. The Freestore is now hoping for a boost in donations before the holidays. Beds, kitchen pots and pans and small appliances are in high demand. A list of items wanted can be found on the charity’s website: https://thefreestore.org/The Freestore does not accept walk-in customers. You must have a referral and make an appointment to shop at the warehouse. If you wish to donate, volunteers will pick up and transport your donated items. “Our motto is to help families start over,” Smith said.

An Iowa charity says it served a record number of Iowa families in 2022, and the need continues to mount. The Freestore in Des Moines provides families with furniture and household items.

“We are in the business of helping families start over, and all of these families are families that are facing poverty,” said Board Member Jeanie Smith.

According to Freestore, 277 families were supplied in the first eight months of this year. Last year, the charity served a total of 245 families. Everything in the camp is donated, and volunteers sort, transport, and deliver items to struggling Iowans. Many are domestic violence survivors or families referred by social services.

“Instead of treating maybe eight or 12 clients a week, we were treating 15 or 18 clients, and that’s a lot,” Smith said.

As demand increases, the shelves in the Freestore are beginning to look empty. The charity says it has never had so few beds in its 20-year history.

“We never want a family to leave here without having beds for themselves and their children,” Smith said.

The Freestore is now hoping for a boost in donations before the holidays. Beds, kitchen pots and pans and small appliances are in high demand.

For a list of items wanted, visit the charity’s website: https://thefreestore.org/

The Freestore does not accept walk-in customers. You must have a referral and make an appointment to shop at the warehouse. If you wish to donate, volunteers will pick up and transport your donated items.

“Our motto is to help families start over,” Smith said.

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