BLOOMINGTON — A campaign begins Monday to raise $10,000 to help build beds for Twin City children who do not have them.
The Bed Blitz, in its fourth year, is a program of West Bloomington Revitalization Project Tool Library and YouthBuild McLean County. After raising money, the group spends a day with volunteers to assemble bed frames for children ages four to 18. In addition to the twin-size frames, the children receive a “bed set” that includes a mattress, a handmade quilt, pillow, sheets, teddy bear, laundry detergent and books.
“No more sleeping on a floor, crashing on a couch, or crowding four to a bed!" said Deborah Halperin, board president of the West Bloomington Revitalization Project. "A safe bed of your own brings a sense of pride, a feeling of security, and a good night’s sleep.”
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A capital campaign will fund the goal of building 100 beds. In-kind donations of new twin bed sheets, pillows, and laundry detergent are welcome. The Build-a-Bear Foundation has donated teddy bears.
The Bed Blitz will take place Oct. 12 at YouthBuild, 360 Wylie Drive, No. 305, Normal. Individuals and teams from community groups will work together during two shifts to construct the bed frames. Tools and materials are provided and no construction experience is required. Volunteers can sign up to work from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. or from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For information or to volunteer, visit https://westbloomington.org/events/bed-blitz/
Started as a group of concerned citizens in 2006, WBRP is led by a volunteer board. Programs include the Tool Library, the Bike Co-op, the West Bloomington Community Garden, the Book Bike, Barbers with Books, the Veggie Oasis, and the new microloan program for west-side entrepreneurs.