Friday, May 18, 2012

Furnishing Futures with Beds For Kids

Beds For Kids is a great organization which recently caught my attention when the youth group i volunteer for did a service project at their warehouse. we sanded, stained and had a lot of laughs. i immediately realized i wanted to work with them taking pictures of their organization. Daniel and Brandon, the staff members at the warehouse, were welcoming and enthusiastic for our help. and their mission is one that is probably overlooked or not recognized as a need in the community. they work directly with referring agencies to find families who need furniture for their homes. on their website they explain their mission: "You wouldn't own furniture without having a home; then how could you live in a house without furniture?" they receive furniture donations from all over the states, clean, prepare and repurpose the furniture, and then deliver the furniture to the awaiting families. currently they work with A Child's Place, Charlotte Family Housing, and the YWCA's Families Together program. Beds For Kids is also in partnership with Furnishing Futures whose goal is exactly what it sounds like, these programs work together to facilitate the futures of the children in these programs.
Beds For Kids recently delivered their 500th bed to a family and they are continuously growing their supply, and demand, of furniture. I spent a Saturday morning photographing the volunteers from a local church at the warehouse and learning more about the organization and their plans for the future. Not only does Beds For Kids provide families with furniture but they're doing their part to help out the environment as well - Daniel, the Executive Director, takes the palettes from furniture shipments and turns them into beautiful pieces of furniture to be sold; all proceeds going straight back to Beds For Kids.

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