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Tornado destroys church's furniture for the needy
Michigan church that collects furniture for the needy loses inventory in tornado

Posted on July 12, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 12, 2014 at 1:17 p.m.

CUTLERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A church near Grand Rapids that collects furniture for the needy is now itself in need: A tornado destroyed as many as 300 items.

“If you haven’t seen the news, we got clobbered with the tornado,” Bob Storteboom, director of the furniture ministry at Covenant Christian Reformed Church, told a caller seeking help.

The tornado last Sunday, with winds of 100 mph, didn’t harm the church but wiped out a storage site a few miles away. The roof came off and water poured in on beds, tables and chairs.

“I also work at a food pantry,” Storteboom told WOOD-TV ( “And so people who come in there tell us their story about how they were hit are also saying, ‘Where can I get furniture?‘ The ironic thing is that where they’re going to need it is also where we were.”

Pylman Electric donated a large trailer to give the church some temporary storage space. The church also has some smaller trailers.

“Yeah, we got a little ways to go,” Storteboom said, opening the doors to a nearly empty trailer.

Information from: WOOD-TV,