Your furniture and durable medical equipment (DME) donations are tax deductible as allowed by law, and help vulnerable seniors rebuild their lives at a time when they need it most, often as they transition from homelessness into more permanent housing.
A simple furniture donation can greatly improve the life of a senior. Concordia accepts donations for Oklahoma seniors to help meet their basic needs. Our current wish list includes:
For the flyer with more information on Concordia’s Furniture and DME Donation Program, please click here.
“On July 1, 2015, I met a new client who was sleeping on a toddler bed with springs coming through the mattress. A bed suitable in size for a 2 to 3-year-old but as he said “it was better than sleeping on the floor”. Because of Sunbeam’s partnership with Concordia’s DME/Furniture Program, I felt certain that in time a bed could be found in time.
I relayed Mr. Perkin’s situation to both Bryan Fitz and Paige Haag, of Concordia, knowing that if Concordia did not have a bed, perhaps they could offer others to contact.
During my home visit with Mr. Perkins, I had mentioned the possibility that a bed and perhaps other furniture might be acquired through a partnership with another agency. As with most of our Advantage clients, he appreciated the idea of receiving a furniture donation, but wanted to be sure that other people more “deserving” were taken care of first.
He had no living room furniture other than a side table that held medical equipment, a recliner that no longer reclined, only wobbled when sat upon, a dining chair that a gust of wind could blow on its side and, a dining room table backed into the corner with hopes it would not fall over.
I knew that the furniture had been delivered yesterday because Mr. Perkins called while anxiously waiting on the delivery drivers. In conversation with him this afternoon, he became emotional as he expressed his thanks for the best night sleep he had had in as long as he could remember. The bed had been something that another individual had thrown away and the other furnishings in his apartment had been acquired in the same manner. He now has an end table beside his bed and hopes soon to find a bedside lamp.
As his voice cracked, he said his back did not hurt when he woke up today and that even though he does not yet have the proper bedding, he used the bedding from the toddler bed and laid in the middle of the bed and had room to roll over to either side.
He was enjoying the ability to sit in his living room now that he has a sofa and coffee table. He typically sat in his power chair because that was the most stable thing he had to sit on.
Mr. Perkins asked that I say “Thank You” to the people that blessed him. The delivery drivers did not make him feel like he was a charity case and that meant so much to him.
Paige has been such a blessing to my members and as this illustrates, Bryan will be just as helpful. Thank you both for being a blessing to the community we serve! Through the generosity of Concordia’s DME/Furniture Program, you both are changing lives!
- Cyndi McWilliams, MSW, CM
Advantage Case Manager
Sunbeam Family Services