The last of the used furniture destined for the needy had not yet been unloaded yesterday when Bea Gaddy began pondering her next move.
"This is needed. We now have resources for food. We now have resources for furniture. Housing is the next thing we need," said Mrs. Gaddy, who runs a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in East Baltimore.
The furniture -- 333 pieces in all -- was donated by the Cross Keys Inn in North Baltimore, loaded onto several trucks and taken to a storage room in Mondawmin Mall. The 2,000-square-foot storage room is being provided rent-free, said mall manager Ronald Harvey.
The furniture was the first donated to the Bea Gaddy Furniture Bank at Mondawmin.
The furniture included sofa beds, lamps, night stands, desks, credenzas, dressers and love seats. It will be refurbished by volunteers called "Gaddy's Helpers."
Victoria K. Posey, general manager of Cross Keys Inn, said management recently offered the furniture to Mrs. Gaddy.
The furniture bank will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends only. Call 563-2749.