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La Crosse service agency, ‘the Exchange’ makes donated cleaning products available to furniture buyers

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The Exchange furniture outlet takes in a donation of cleaning supplies on June 5, 2024 (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Some customers who shop at one furniture bank in La Crosse may take home furniture polish or cleaner when they buy a chair or table.

Staffers at the Exchange on 4th Street took in a donated delivery of cleaning products on Wednesday, supplied by employees of Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.

Exchange program director Sarah Gebo said large companies or service groups often bring useful items and used furniture to their building.

“In order to maintain the furniture that goes out in these homes, it’s important to have cleaning supplies in the households,” Gebo said. “Our mission is to help individuals and families who are struggling to furnish their homes, and part of that is definitely maintaining and cleaning it.”

The usual donations to the Exchange tend to be large pieces of furniture, which are available to people in the area who may have been homeless or on low incomes.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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