Mustard Seed: Central Florida charity nearly tapped out of donations
By Chase Cain, Reporter -
A Central Florida charity that provides struggling families with furniture and clothing has seen such record demand, it's now struggling through serious challenges of its own.
The Mustard Seed works behind the scenes with everyone from local homeless shelters to the Red Cross.
The furniture-and-clothing bank has been around for a quarter of a century, but increased need for their services has tapped them dry.
They even have struggled to pay all of their employees.
One of several services the Mustard Seed performs is to provide furniture to families in crisis. Couches used to stack three shelves high in their warehouse, but now, they just have a handful of couches.
The warehouse, which used to be full of chairs, kitchen tables and dressers, sits mostly empty, because need has been far greater than the donations.
"The type of people coming in are like you and I. ... So it's more people ever in history that we're serving," said Kathy Baldwin, the Mustard Seed's executive director.
Times are so tight, the charity can't afford to tow away the broken-down delivery truck for scrap.