When you think of the comforts of home, you probably picture a comfy couch to rest on, or a big bed to crawl into after a long day. But not everyone has those luxuries.
"What we want to do here is we want to make people be more productive in our community. If they've just moved into our community, or are just having a rough time, in order to be more productive you have to have that bed to sleep on. And you have to have the dignity of a home," said Furniture Mission Director, Stephanie Heiden.
The Furniture Mission is a non-profit, non-denominational organization, that works to supply people in need with the basic comforts of home. The gifts are based on referrals. One referral came from a teacher who received a heart breaking Christmas list from a student.
"In this day and age, everybody just has to have the biggest and best electronics. And one child had written in that he just wanted his mother to have a bed for Christmas. And that teacher caught that, and asked for a referral. And that mother had a mattress for Christmas that year," said Heiden.
That's just one of hundreds of stories.
The mission picks up donations across Sioux Falls and in surrounding areas, and drops off the furniture to people who can use it. All free of charge.
There are only 3 paid workers at the Mission, but they have lots of support. Last year alone the organization logged more than 18,000 volunteer hours.
"It's just a blessing to work here. I feel blessed in the fact that I'm able to work here so that I can continue to help being a blessing to others. And that's what they all want to accomplish here. They feel as though they are serving the Lord, as they're serving others," said Heiden.
On Thursday March 15th, the Furniture Mission will be holding a silent auction, "Ladies' Night Out" event to raise money for their works.
You can find more information at their website: http://www.furnituremission.org/