Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 22, 2013

MSU Corps seek donations for build-a-bed project

Staff report
The Independent

MOREHEAD — Morehead State University’s MSUCorps is seeking donations for a yearly project that builds and supplies beds to low-income children.

Build-A-Bed’s mission is to ensure that PK-12 school age, East Kentucky children are guaranteed a proper place to sleep in their home, according to a university release, which calls it “a simple yet profound gesture that will give needy children a better quality of life and more opportunities for a lifetime of success.”

According to the release, many children in Kentucky are living in homes without enough beds or none at all, and that while homeless shelters and various nonprofits provide goods for people when they move out, beds are often hard to come by for the working poor.

Created by Kentucky AmeriCorps Programs in 2009, Kentucky Build-A-Bed has been providing a much needed resource for the Bluegrass State and continues to grow.

The MSUCorps Program is bringing the project closer to home. Since 2011  the regional effort has provided more than 100 beds to East Kentucky families and demonstrated to people in Northeast Kentucky the profound difference their efforts and donations make.

MSU Build-A-Bed aims to give children more than just a new and comfortable place to lay their heads. Children also receive a bedtime bag including pillow, sheets, blanket, pajamas, book, night light, alarm clock and a hygiene kit.  The smaller donations are a way to make the new bed where these children will sleep an even happier place to be and encourage a healthy bedtime routine.

MSUCorps has partnered with outreach groups including Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Center for Adult Education and College Access, Center for Regional Engagement, Campus Compact VISTA members, Gateway Homeless Shelter, Rowan County PVA Officer Carmen Eldridge Black, and Educational Talent Search.

 The organization is in need of donations to complete the initiative. Contributors can help by volunteering or sponsoring ($150) a bed.

Details about how to help MSU Build-A-Bed and information about the 30 counties served are outlined at the website: moreheadstate.edu/msucorps.

For additional information, contact Mary Claire Williams, program director for MSUCorps, at (606) 783-2719 or at mc.williams@moreheadstate.edu.