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Vegas family gets houseful of free furniture

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Furniture arrives to the Hierpe home. Furniture arrives to the Hierpe home.
Walker Furniture is furnishing 27 homes this year. Walker Furniture is furnishing 27 homes this year.

A northeast Las Vegas family had their home furnished by Walker Furniture's annual "Home for the Holidays" program on Friday.

Sakina and Thomas Hjerpe received a truckload of free furniture at their apartment on Lake Mead Boulevard near Christy Lane.

"The pieces are coming together to make us a strong family a better family and to be comfortable in the home,"Sakina Hjerpe said.

Sakina, her ailing husband and three children moved to Las Vegas last August and had virtually nothing other than a roof over their heads.

Their situation at home was discovered just before Thanksgiving after a Truancy Officer visited them when one of the children failed to go to school. It was something the children were not know for.

Ethel Virgil who has worked for the Clark County School District for 20 years couldn't believe  what she found when she went to the apartment.

"They had no food, no furniture and they were sleeping on the floor," she said.

Virgil immediately got her family to provide food and a Thanksgiving meal. She then convinced her colleagues to give the family basic necessities like blankets and towels and the wrote a letter to Walker Furniture's "Home for the Holiday's" program.

More than a thousand letters were submitted on behalf of families who have hit hard times through no fault of their own. The Hjerpe family was the first this year on the delivery list.

"We're going to be giving them beds to sleep on dressers and mirrors, a dining room set to eat on, a sofa, love seat chair so we're furnishing the whole house and taking care of all the kids," said Walker Furniture CEO Larry Alterwitz

This year, Walker Furniture is furnishing 27 homes with furniture.

More than 450 families have received furniture since the "Home for the Holidays" program began in 1994 worth an estimated $1.8 million.

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