Free furniture giveaway for flood, fire victims and those who need it

Free furniture giveaway for flood, fire victims and those who need it
Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A hotel with furniture to spare is helping a whole community of people who could use some new pieces after flooding and a fire.

The Crown Plaza Louisville airport is getting new furniture for all the rooms.

Councilwoman Dr. Barbara Shanklin said, "This is a compassionate city, we want to share."

Thanks to that big donation from Louisville's Crown Plaza, Shanklin has a lot of furniture to go around. It's a whole truck, loaded up from top to bottom with home furniture.

A hotel spokeswoman said their old stuff had a whole lot of life left in it and the hotel believed this was the perfect way to live it.

"Bedside tables, chest of drawers, desks, dressers," said Shanklin.

She started out to try to help victims of the April downpours.

"We had the big flood and I had a lot of people who got flooded out over in Broadmoor and Sunshine Acres," she said.

But then a fire at a nearby apartment caught her eye as well. So she expanded who could get the furniture.

"This is great to give people furniture and they don't have to go to consignment stores and purchase or whatever. It's free," she said.

Now, she really just wants anyone who needs it to show up.

"You have to have a truck and two people to help you load it because we can't climb up in a semi," Shanklin said.

Starting Friday and then again on Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Newburg Community Center parking lot, they'll start at the back of the truck and move up as they give stuff away.

"You never know until you go back," said Shanklin. "The further back you go, the more that we found back there."

This is actually round two. The councilwoman and Crown Plaza actually already gave out furniture in another truck last week.

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