St. Stephen Church youth fill buckets for Fresh Start Furniture Bank

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Ben Vartabedian, Brendan Coyne, Mike Napoleone, Emily Haley, Zach Gogan, Caitlyn Gogan gather during a recent bucket brigade at St. Stephen Church.

MARLBOROUGH – The youth of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Marlborough recently formed a “bucket brigade,” collecting and filling 40 buckets with essential cleaning supplies for the clients of the Hudson-based Fresh Start Furniture Bank. 

Not only the youth and their families, but also other parishioners of St. Stephen Lutheran Church chipped in and dropped off cash donations, along with supplies including paper towels, all-surface cleaner, toilet brushes and cleaners, dishwasher soap, glass cleaner and disinfectant wipes.

Pleased to be able to gather, though distanced and masked, a dozen teens put together the buckets of cleaning supplies over two recent Saturdays. The full buckets will be given as housewarming gifts to the Fresh Start clients.

Fresh Start Furniture Bank is a volunteer-run charity that helps restore hope, dignity and stability by recycling donated furniture and housewares, for free, to people in need. The charity’s secondary goal is to keep these items out of the waste stream.

Fresh Start’s customers are individuals and families in transition who need help to rebuild their lives. 

St. Stephen Lutheran Church is a member of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Parishioners come from Marlborough, Hudson, Berlin, Northborough, Southborough, Westborough, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Stow and Bolton.