Sumner Furniture donation

Community members of Ward 8 in Washington, D.C., help unload a large donation of furniture and electronics from Sterling-based Sumner Furniture & Design on Dec. 23.

Sumner Furniture & Design, a Sterling-based office furniture supplier, donated dozens of materials on Dec. 23 to a new community center in Ward 8 of Washington, D.C.

The newly rented space for the community center sits above a series of family-owned stores in the Bellevue neighborhood and was obtained with the help of an organization called NeverBlackDown.

Among the donated materials were 64 sets of computers, monitors and VGA cables, 32 two-person training tables, 64 blue computer comfort chairs, and an assortment of mouses and keyboards, according to Sumner officials.

Sumner also supplied a large quantity of printers, routers, uninterruptible power sources, docking stations, surge protectors and assorted office supplies such as paper, folders and organization trays.

The space will serve various purposes, including accommodations for community members who need to conduct virtual job interviews, hence the need for used electronics.

Upon arriving with two trucks full of donations, Sumner CEO Jeff Thorner and his employees received assistance from workers at the neighborhood’s family-owned businesses in unloading the materials.

Thorner said hand-delivering the furniture and electronics to the community center was an impactful experience, and that the decision to donate the materials free of charge “felt like a no-brainer.”

“The opportunity to donate [something] that I had a plethora of to any group that really really needs it … is why I did this,” he said in a prepared statement. “I know it makes a difference.”

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