Mary Spoor (left)

Mary Spoor (left)

Piano catches volunteer’s eye

Volunteer at used furniture store matches requested item from Vernon Jubilee Hospital

It was while volunteering at the North Okanagan Valley Gleaners Used Furniture and Appliance store that the light bulb flashed above Marjorie White’s head.

White also volunteers her time at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, where word had gone out that they were seeking a piano to be used for patients waiting for long-term care placement.

“I’d been volunteering with the Gleaners for a couple of months and I saw this piano in there,” said White. “I saw it for weeks then months. While volunteering at the hospital, I found out they were looking for a piano and that’s when the light bulb came on.”

White approached Mary Spoor with the Gleaners, and Spoor and her organization were only too happy to oblige.

“We try to help in the community as much as possible,” said Spoor. “This is a great opportunity for us to give back something to the community who are supporting us.”

It’s been quite an inaugural year for the Gleaners’ used furniture and appliance store, which started in an old Kal Tire building on Kal Lake Road a year ago. The tire company donated the building to the Gleaners for a few months, then the Gleaners moved the store to its present location, 4405-29th Street.

The Gleaners store is run by volunteers and takes in used furniture and appliances and sells them at affordable prices.

“All proceeds go to operate the Gleaners plant in Lavington where excess vegetables are dried to make a soup mix for the hungry,” said Spoor. “Most of this soup mix and dried apple snacks are distributed by agencies such as World Vision.”

The Gleaners are doing their part to keep the environment clean.  Not only do they recycle furniture and appliances by keeping them out of the landfill, but they are also filling a need for affordable household items.

When moved to the new tower, White will volunteer her time tinkling the ivories for the patients.

The Gleaners Used Furniture and Appliance Store, meanwhile, is celebrating its first anniversary with a week-long sale starting Tuesday.

All items in the store are 20 per cent off and some items are 50 per cent off.

The store, located on 29th Street (across from the old Bakers Dozen), is open Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.