INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A member of a local church is collecting old furniture to let International students be more comfortable.
Gabe Ramirez has one goal: to help those in need. It’s all part of his nonprofit Indy Internash. He has been asking for donations since the end of 2019. He has collected nearly $5,000 worth of furniture and half of it is already gone. After a post on social media, the need for help skyrocketed. Now, he’s focused on helping both International students and refugees.
Ramirez came up with the idea while interning at a campus ministry in Missouri. He noticed a lot of international students and noticed they had nothing. Students were without a desk, lamp, couch or even a kitchen table. He brought the idea to Indianapolis and noticed a major need at IUPUI and surrounding colleges.
He is a member and volunteer of Impact Fairfax Christian Church where most of the furniture is stored. Luckily, someone donated a truck and now Ramirez can make stops across the city to collect used furniture.
“I want to help the people that come here with nothing and they don’t have anyone to go to,” Ramirez said. “I want to be someone that can connect them with that.”
The dedicated volunteer says there’s plenty of room for big pieces in the basement like cabinets and dressers.
If you’d like to help donate, you can email Ramirez at Gabe@indyinternash.com.
Right now there’s a big need for desks and lamps.