Businesses giving Kansas tornado victims new furniture

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South of Lawrence on May 29, 2019, following tornado. (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP) South of Lawrence on May 29, 2019, following tornado. (Chris Neal/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

As Kansas families still work to recover from a devastating tornado that tore through the Lawrence and Kansas City areas in May, a business is partnering with a major furniture manufacturer to help ease their burdens.

KMBC reports Nebraska Furniture Mart has partnered with Ashley Furniture to donate 780 pieces of furniture to storm victims.

“As an organization, we were devastated to see the damage these storms had, both emotionally and physically, on the lives of the people we share our community with," said Kansas City Store Director Ethan Stover. "It is our sincere hope that through our strategic partnership with Ashley Furniture, we can, in some small way, help to restore a sense of normalcy for those affected."

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An EF-4 tornado with peak winds reaching an estimated 170 mph touched down near Lawrence on May 28 and reportedly stayed on the ground for nearly 32 miles before lifting in southern Leavenworth County. There were no fatalities, but more than a dozen people were injured. 

Ashley Furniture has provided $450,000 worth of bedroom furniture, living room furniture, mattresses, bedding and dining room furniture to be donated through Nebraska Furniture Mart, the Douglas County Community Foundation and the Salvation Army.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims affected by these devastating tornadoes,” said Todd Wanek, President and CEO of Ashley Furniture. “We hope this donation will aid these victims as they begin the rebuilding process.”

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