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"Neighbors in Need" Furnishing Albany

A group in Albany is working to help low-income families fill their homes with furniture and other necessities. As KRBC's Nora Hartfeil learned, just as fast as donations come in, they are shipped off to those in need.<br><br>
Little woman, big truck, even bigger heart.

"Today we are making a delivery to a grandmother who is on fixed income, raising her two granddaughters", says Lori Reames, "Neighbors in Need" organizer.

Lori spends her days helping people. This technically "unemployed" stay-at-home-mom is one of the busiest people you will ever meet.

"It makes you feel good that someone is there to help you if you need help. Whatever you need, she is there to try to help you in any way she can", says Michelle Hobbs, who benefits from the program.

Lori is involved with many ministries in Albany, including a Goodwill-style store called "Closet Angels", and now her newest project, "Neighbors in Need".

"We had a little section for people to write down their other needs, and that is what started "Albany Neighbors in Need". There would be people needing refrigerators or a bed. It's surprising how many people here either don't have a bed at all, or need a better quality bed", Reames explains.

That's when she called in Sam Burge, who now gives his time and property to help distribute items for those in need.

"A lot of our requests come from single women with young families and it is just sometimes heartbreaking that some of them come to us with nothing", says Sam Burge, volunteer.

Both Sam and Lori hope to move out of Sam's backyard and into a building, but for now, they are just neighbors helping neighbors.

For more information on "Neighbors in Need" or to donate, click here.
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