Organization helping 'Rebuild Raleigh'

RALEIGH The drive, called "Rebuild Raleigh," is accepting gently used household items, non-perishable foods and more.

The effort to help tornado victims started with a collaboration between the Salvation Army and a relatively new company called The Green Chair Project.

"We have been taking in donations from the community of household items, people in need," said Jackie Craig, co-founder of The Green Chair Project. "We put together items for those in need who are transitioning from homelessness."

Typically, people would come to the showroom and pick out their own furniture and then pay anywhere from $50 to $200 based on what they could afford. But now, Green Chair and the Salvation Army are filling up an entire warehouse of all kinds of items to help local tornado victims for free.

On Friday, Harris Teeter helped kick off the community effort by donating a truckload of more than $45,000 worth of household items.

The Green Chair initially asked Harris Teeter to simply donate water for volunteers for Saturday's big collection event.

"Next thing we know corporate is on the phone and they not only donated water for volunteers, but pallets of water and pallets of diapers and paper towels and napkins," Craig said.

Still the need is great with the Red Cross expecting to help thousands of families. Organizers say they are looking for furniture donations and household items.

Anyone can come donate items Saturday during the "Rebuild Raleigh" event, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and if you cannot make it then, you can stop by the Green Chair Project warehouse at 1319 Capital Boulevard Monday through Friday.

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