December 1, 2023

Furniture Bank

Swing Your Furniture Bank

Holy Trinity Manasquan church gives away furniture

A few days ago, Cynthia Mussinan fielded a phone call from a woman who needed a bed.

“I said, ‘What size bed do you need?’” Mussinan recalled. “She said, ‘I don’t have anything, so I’ll take whatever you can give me.’”

The comment set off alarms in Mussinan’s head. The Howell resident has been managing a group of church-based volunteers that collects discarded furniture and delivers it for free to Shore residents in need for the past 10 years, since superstorm Sandy wracked the region.

She would learn that this woman’s family of five was living in a Neptune apartment with virtually no furniture.

“I said, ‘Where is everyone sleeping now?’” Mussinan said. “She said, ‘On the floor.’ I said, ‘OK, one twin bed is not going to help. Let’s start over.’”

(Left to right) Maggie Stulz, Cynthia Mussinan and Meta Querns, volunteers from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Manasquan, help load three pickup trucks with furniture and bedding for families in need.

‘People say they need help, and we help’

On Monday, Mussinan and a handful of other volunteers filled three pickup trucks with donated furniture and made two stops. The second was to this family in Neptune.

“We gave them a queen bed for the woman and her husband and a twin bed for the daughter, and futons for their two boys, plus chairs, tables, lamps, pots and pans and towels,” Mussinan said.