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Tim Rahe, Chris Loetscher, Dick Lieb and Jerry Kokesch
were among 20 volunteers who helped load donated furniture
for Kentucky residents impacted by last December’s
Volunteers from Heart to Home Furnishing and Sertoma
Club of New Ulm assisted with loading the furniture. The
trailer was donated by D&A Trucking with a truck and driver
from Gag Sheet Metal.

NEW ULM — A semi-trailer full of donated furniture was loaded Wednesday to benefit Kentucky families impacted by tornadoes last December.

The furniture donation was a community effort. Twenty volunteers working with Heart to Home Furnishing, Sertoma Club of New Ulm and Gag Sheet Metal worked for an hour to fill the back of a trailer with furniture. Sofas, chairs, beds and tables were all stacked in the trailer.

The furniture was provided by Heart to Home Furnishing, a local nonprofit that provides people in need with furniture.

Heart to Home Furnishing volunteer Steve Schneider said they partnered with Sertoma Club to arrange delivery of the furniture. Sertoma Club also donated extra toys leftover from their Santa’s Closet event.

The organizations saw a need to support people hit by tornadoes. Many people lost all they had in the storm. The furniture and toy donations were something New Ulm volunteers could provide for those in need.

The truck making the delivery to Kentucky belongs to Gag Sheet Metal (GSM). The driver, Mike Steffensmeier, is also an employee of GSM. The company will cover the cost of gas and hauling permits for the 12-hour trip to Kentucky.

The trailer is used for the journey was also donated by D&A Trucking.

Tom Portner provided the storage space to keep the furniture before loading it into the truck.

Schneider said the donations were made possible through the generosity of the community. Heart to Home Furnishing had recently faced an unusual problem of receiving more donations than it had space.

Volunteer Dick Embacher said the furniture donated is of high quality and many people downsizing prefer to donate it over taking it to a landfill.

Schneider said they had to stop accepting donations recently because of a lack of storage space. This mass donation of furniture will allow them to once again accept further donations.

Anyone wishing to volunteer with Heart to Home Furnishing or donate furniture items may contact them at [email protected] or phone 507-276-6228. Cash donations are also accepted at 45 Woodland Drive, New Ulm, MN 56073.

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