First Baptist Church participating in Build-a-Bed Day | Community Spirit
First Baptist Church Owensboro, as encouraged by Kentucky AmeriCorps, will be participating in the Build-a-Bed Mission Project. In March of 2009, a Kentucky AmeriCorps program, SUCCESS Corps, began asking local Family Resource and Youth Service Center coordinators about community needs. One of the overwhelming responses they heard repeated time and time again was a desperate need for beds.
The more they investigated, the more stories they heard of children sleeping six to a mattress, sleeping with parents and grandparents, sleeping on uninsulated floors, and sleeping on couches. Many of these children have unimaginably difficult lives during the day, lives affected by poverty, family struggles, educational barriers, and more. By providing a safe, comfortable bed for a child to rest, we can help improve their physical and emotional well-being.
This can also increase their chances of success in school by helping them get a better night’s sleep.
In 2009, AmeriCorps hosted five build sites and taught over 100 volunteers to build 57 beds for Kentucky children. Since its inception in 2009, over a thousand beds have been built for Kentucky’s children across the Commonwealth.
The Build will consist of building twin size bed frames, complete with a mattress, and assembling the “bedtime baskets” that accompany the bed. The baskets contain toothbrushes, toothpaste, blankets, nightlights, books, stuffed animals, twin sheet sets, and pajamas.
First Baptist has set a goal to build at least 50 beds for children in Owensboro and Daviess County. With the help of Family Resources we will be working with local elementary schools. Build Day will be Saturday, October 27 from 8-1 in the First Baptist Christian Life Center.