“Why don’t those kids have a bed..? ” were the responses of a 7-year old girl whose dad was standing beside her as they walked around the BFK warehouse on a tour.
On May 31st we hosted a special volunteer day meant for families to bring their kids (14 and younger) to learn about our mission and serve families with similar aged children who are in need in Charlotte. Part of our goal as an organization is to develop so much awareness in our city that our services become less and less needed because we have such a socially-conscious community that takes personal responsibility and cares for the needs of their neighbors. And as we, the staff, learned from Kids Serve Saturday there is never an age too young to start encouraging them towards this mindset of selflessness, wisdom, and service.
We painted furniture that needed some TLC, we cleaned all kinds of tables and vacuumed sofas, we designed bookmarks to go in the children’s Bibles that we deliver, and we even made a wall of handprints with green and blue paint from the hands of all our volunteers that day ranging from 1 up to 56 years old. It all encompassed different ways that we could #loveyourneighbor by carefully preparing furniture pieces and linens that would soon furnish another family’s home.
So far as an organization we’ve had a Beverly Woods Elementary kindergarten class raise $79 in pennies and draw pictures to support our cause, a young girl host a hot chocolate stand whose proceeds over the past 3 years have exceeded $600, and another boy who instead of receiving presents for his birthday asked all his friends to bring new bed linens instead (just to name a few).
How can we continue to encourage, educate and empower our children to serve those in need? Honestly, it doesn’t have to be something intertwined specifically with Beds for Kids- but we hope to provide an environment that’s a simple and effective place to start. Let us know how we can help your family #loveyourneighbor.