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Penny Adams, AFL-CIO Community Services executive director, talks about the free mattresses FFO Homes donated to area flood victims.

Those who lost many of their possessions in this spring’s flooding are being offered a little help from a local business.

FFO Home has partnered with AFL-CIO Community services to donate 100 queen-size mattresses to families in the area that were affected by flooding. Flood victims can go to the AFL-CIO office at 1203 N. Sixth St. between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and register for a mattress.

A voucher will be given to the first 100 approved flood families. Flood victims must bring proof of residence and an ID.

After receiving a voucher, families can pick up a free mattress at an assigned time at the FFO Home store at 3715 N. Belt Highway, said Penny Adams, AFL-CIO executive director.

“Depending on how quickly the vouchers go we are doing this through (Thursday), but if we still have vouchers left we will resume this again distributing the vouchers next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday ... because we want to make sure everyone gets these vouchers. We don’t want these mattresses not to be used,” Adams said.

Adams added that FFO Home contacted her office and wanted to do something to help flood victims in Northwest Missouri.

“They knew a lot of people lost their household goods, furniture, and they figured a bed is one thing you really can’t go without,” she said.

The focus is on flood victims in south St. Joseph as well as those up north in the Craig and Fortescue and other areas like Rushville who were affected by flooding.

Adams said the response has been steady for the mattresses but not nearly as much as expected.

“What we are worried about is a lot of these folks are busy working at their houses and they don’t have the time to stop and come to our office,” Adams said.

Flood victim families also also call AFL-CIO Community Services at 816-364-1131.

Alonzo Weston can be reached at alonzo.weston@newspressnow.com.

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