It may seem like a simple request, but for the 25 families and kids that received a new bed on Friday, it's life changing.
"Some of the beds we're distributing today [are] to a family who was a recipient of Christmas presents, and on their list were beds for their kids," said Kate Sarata, The Service Collaborative of WNY executive director.
It's all made possible through the Service Collaborative of Western New York's Beds for Buffalo program. Since its start in 2017, the program has delivered 305 beds to families struggling with poverty.
"Some of the beds that are being donated go to either displaced homes, people that are coming in from other countries that don't have bedding, or somebody that, for instance, may have been burned out of their house," said Trevor Brown, Service Collaborative occupational skills trainer.
Service Collaborative works with agencies in the area to find families in need. Volunteers help build the beds over the course of the year at the Foundry on Northampton Street in Buffalo.
Each bed starts off with just some lumber.
"We bring volunteers in to focus on four aspects of the bed building process and that's milling, painting, assembling, and distribution," said Adam Bartoszek, Volunteer WNY director.
But it doesn't just stop there. Thanks to the generosity of the volunteers and community, families receive everything else they need to go along with their new bed.
"Volunteers have come, they have built beds, and they have said, 'well, you distribute a bed frame and a mattress, but what about all the other things?' And they go back to their place of employment or to their organization and they do collection drives for new bedding, for stuffed animals, for pajamas, for books. It's all kind of grown organically from the beginning of the project," said Sarata.
For kids, these beds provide them with more than just a place to sleep.
"It's going to allow them to develop, especially when they're going through school. They're more likely to graduate from high school, more likely to graduate from college, and the data suggests that it truly does improve their development when they're growing up," said Bartoszek.
Going into its third year, Beds for Buffalo wants to see even more beds being built, with the goal that no kid has to go without one.
"If we can provide 150, 200 beds a year to do that, we're going to do it, and we'd like to expand further," said Brown.
"We receive requests all the time, and we want to be able to provide children with beds and fulfill those needs, and this is not just an Erie County or Buffalo problem," said Bartoszek. "It's a regional issue that we're tackling, so beds are going out to Niagara County, Erie County, Chautauqua, Allegany, and Cattaraugus, so it's truly a regional program incorporating more volunteers, incorporating the community. [It] just brings awareness to the subject of poverty in our region."
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