Beds For Kids, Charlotte Furniture Bank is extremely grateful for the donations made yesterday by Davidson College. A huge thanks to Donny Edwards and the rest of Davidson for helping to arrange the furniture donations made for the children and families of Charlotte!
It is the participation of organizations and individuals like these that make our service to those in need possible and we can’t say thank you enough!
Lexi, age 12
Experiencing the Bed For Kids organization has been a once in a life time experience for me. It was very touching to my heart realizing how much we take for granted each and every day and how much hope the beds for kids charity is bringing into many families throughout Charlotte and the world. The look and the expression on their face when we brought in the beds is not even explainable. It was like we had just changed their life forever. To us a bed is nothing but to them a bed is a place to call home. When we gave them some toys and books they acted like they were miracles having something to do and something to read. It is like they had just been encouraged to keep on dreaming. These families are so thankful and show such gratitude towards you because you are helping them believe. I encourage you to experience this feeling and help make a difference for kids and families around the world.
Kara, age 14
This past Saturday I got the amazing experience of helping the Beds For Kid’s, Charlotte Furniture Bank organization deliver furniture to 3 families. Just to see the look on the families face when we brought in the furniture was absolutely priceless. My family and I brought along some extra toys and books to give to the children. There was one little boy that I specifically remember. When we brought in the books his eyes grew really big. He could have cared less about the cookies and toys we brought, he was young and all he wanted was for someone to read to him. The first thing he said to his mom was “read me a story.” The experience made me realize how much we take for granted. I had no idea that something as simple as a book or some toys could make such an impact. I think that this is something that everyone should experience young or old, it is truly eye opening and feels great to give to those in need. This is an experience that I will truly never forget; this organization is doing great things to help our city and I definitely look forward to volunteering many more times. I recommend getting involved with this awesome organization; it’s a great experience for any age! Thank you Beds for Kid’s for this unforgettable experience!!!
Last night Outland Cigars hosted “Gars & Growlers Summerfest” at Ballantyne Village with Beds For Kids as the beneficiary of the event!
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and Roots graciously came and supplied food and drink for the event where Ballantyne neighbors and cigar enthusiasts joined in for some awesome fun. It was a privilege to share the mission of Beds For Kids with all the attendees and gain new supporters in our cause for Charlotte. Profits made help us to purchase necessary supplies to better serve the outstanding bed and furniture needs of children and families in Charlotte.
The best part is there will be a similar event but much larger on October 1! Outland Cigars will again be hosting “Lite Up Charlotte”; a cigar festival that will include food vendors, live music, and tons of fun with Beds For Kids as the beneficiary! We expect a lot of people to attend so be prepared to buy your tickets in the coming months at one of Outland Cigar’s stores or online!
A huge thanks to all who came out and helped serve last night at “Gars & Growlers Summerfest” despite the hot heat! Keep posted on other Beds For Kids events going on in the near future.
A volunteer’s experience, Greg Little
This past Saturday morning, I encountered God in a unique way – and for that I thank Beds For Kids. I was honored to participate in what I believe to be much more than furniture deliveries to families in Charlotte with evident need. A few reflections emerged from this special time connecting with God through these folks. I often feel that one of my constant struggles in faith is a lack of simple acknowledgment of God. Despite the reality of God’s Presence in all places at all times, I fail to follow Hosea’s plea ‘acknowledge the Lord; press on to acknowledge Him.’ Saturday morning was a beautiful continuation of the shattering of my illusion of self-importance, bringing me to a space of recognition. From the gifts of furniture to the gifts of joy and laughter to the gifts of appreciation and sincere time spent – God emerged as the sole Source and boundless Giver. Christ’s light was evident in the people we met on Saturday – young Jessica’s smile and willingness to assist or Joseph’s sincere gratitude or even the community chase-and-capture effort of scrambling dog Princess escaping the house. Serving these families in this small way brought forth the reality of God through their own service to us. Through their eyes of appreciation and even generosity I was able to understand a bit more fully the mystery of God.
I fear that we too often try to conjure up ideas to help those physically poor without having any desire, intentional effort or lifestyle that brings us into relationship with folks who are in the midst of poverty. Participating with Beds For Kids affords the opportunity to relationally connect with families in our own town who have treasures of God’s Kindgom to share – and my prayer is that this opportunity on Saturday mornings maintains this connectional focus and more and more volunteers make the decision to spend a Saturday in this form of worship.
**Names of clients served have been changed for their security and privacy
Most of us have never even thought about the fact that there are thousands of children in the Charlotte region that are living without the very basics of life. Every day my eyes are opened to the struggles of kids and their families that go without, food, shelter, and a Bed to call their own. I am not talking about the kids in third world countries; I am talking about kids that live within a few miles of where we live. I can’t say that these kids are without people in their lives that exist to help them in their time of need. If you are not familiar with the non-profit world in Charlotte you should be, because there are amazing people doing amazing things for these children and families. Groups like A Child’s Place, Crisis Assistance, Second Harvest Food Bank and many others. But the truth of it is that we all need to help in order to make an impact. Beds for Kids needs your help in the warehouse getting furniture ready for families. A Child’s Place needs help with lunch buddies. Crisis Assistance needs volunteers help prep clothes for families, and the list goes on.
“What could be”
So what would Charlotte look like if everyone gave up one hour a week or 3 hours every month to get involved to help those who are not as well off as most are? This question is one that at first glance makes you think “I can go help these people,” which is true, but the real difference is made in each volunteer. When we give of ourselves we start to change the way we think. When the focus shifts from ourselves to others we start to live different lives. I can’t tell you what to do, but I can tell you the difference it has made in my life. I spend a few hours each week with my lunch buddy through A Child’s Place. I get to better understand what others are going through and realize how much my complaining is truly worthless. If you have one hour a week you can give up, please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will get you set up to be a lunch buddy for a day. You don’t have to commit… just come and see what it’ all about. (You will be hooked.)
When we learn to take our eyes off of ourselves and focus on others, this city will be a better place for all of us.
Here are just a few places to get involved
Beds For Kids' Executive Director, Daniel Fogarty
Serving with The ParkBeds For Kids, Charlotte Furniture Bank serves alongside The Park ministries
This past weekend we had the awesome opportunity to take part in seeing and participating in The Park ministries’ quarterly service event that reaches out to a number of Charlotte’s service agencies and non-profits. Reverend Taswell Henderson and Minister Kim Morrison were gracious coordinators at the service site we were at where collections of clothes and furniture came in for Crisis Assistance Ministries, Jacob’s Ladder, and Beds For Kids. Our location was at their new home, what used to be the Charlotte Merchandise Mart, off of Independence Boulevard; its amazing how they fill that place! Best of all was that there were enough clothes donated by their congregation to fill our 17-foot trailer for children and adults in need!
We’re thankful for the partnering opportunity The Park provided this past weekend and the hearts of the servants there under the leadership of Bishop Claude R. Alexander, Jr. Even more, we’re excited for future collaborations we have with them in serving all of Charlotte for God’s glory.
In case you missed our YouTube debut:
BFK fans and curious web surfers,
We are overwhelmed with excitement of what has happened these past 7 days:
- Firstly, we received our business cards and are glad to have our first official handout for those interested in the organization
- Secondly, we have launched our website! Hence, you’re looking at it.
- Thirdly, and just as great, we have received our Tax ID number that makes us official when it comes to being a 501(c)(3) non-profit. So let the good times begin.
What you can expect of the blog/ why you should frequent it often:
- We’ll be posting volunteer stories of their experience in delivering beds and other essential furniture to children and families in Charlotte. Everyone’s first experience in seeing a child’s eyes light up when they see someone bring in their first personal bed is amazing, and we want to share it.
- Guest blog posts from local leaders and faces in the community that carry some serious clout. Its our desire to get the who’s who of Charlotte to 1) Experience delivering furniture to those in our community and, 2) Blog their experience afterwards. So share your thoughts on who we should pursue for such opportunities (maybe MJ, maybe the mayor, who could we ask??)
- Pictures, Videos, and revelations from our staff, our board, our volunteers, donors and our recipients who have witnessed or been affected by the BFK experience
There is no greater soul food than SERVICE and we intend to have a feast with all of Charlotte. Comment on the blog, share this link, tweet it, be-friend us on FB, text message your friends, snail mail your neighbors; do whatever you feel led to in our joint effort to reach all of Charlotte for the betterment of all Charlotteans.Newer posts →