Businesses lend hand to kids in need

A group of south Charlotte businesses are working to bring attention to a local nonprofit and the families and children it serves.

The Village at Robinson Farm and a number of the businesses in the shopping center will host a fundraiser Sept. 7, a Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise money and spread awareness for Beds for Kids. The organization gives donated furniture to families who have moved from a shelter into a home without basic necessities such as beds, kitchen tables and dressers. Families are referred by specific agencies in Charlotte that partner with Beds for Kids, such as A Child’s Place, Charlotte Family Housing and the YWCA’s Families Together program.

Tents will be set up around the shopping center, and businesses such as The Meat House, Pure Barre Technique, Salon M2 and Edward Jones will take part in the festivities. The fundraiser took shape after Jackie Adams, marketing manager for The Meat House, and Steve Baune, a Meat House customer and Beds for Kids board chairman, started talking about the nonprofit’s mission.

“I told him we would be interested in doing a fundraiser for them,” Adams said, adding she hopes the fundraiser helps bring in a lot of furniture for the program. “Beds for Kids is a great organization.”

Karen Crews, manager of Pure Barre Technique, said her location jumped into the event as part of the company’s constant efforts to give back to the community. Beds for Kids seemed like a worthy partner.

“It seems like a great organization to help people who have hit a rough patch in their life and need a helping hand,” Crews said.

Daniel Fogarty, executive director of Beds for Kids, said the nonprofit is excited to work with the businesses.  “This event will allow Beds for Kids to serve more children in our city that are sleeping on the floor and are without basic furniture items in their home,” he said.  “Beds for Kids is looking forward to having the opportunity to tell our neighbors in south Charlotte about our mission to provide a bed and other essential furniture to every child and family in need in Charlotte.”

Anyone wishing to come to the fundraiser can either make a monetary donation or sign up to have Beds for Kids pick up furniture at their home. Residents are asked to not bring furniture to the fundraiser because the parking lot is not big enough and Beds for Kids has restrictions on items it will accept.

Everyone who donates will receive bags filled with items from some of the businesses in the center. There will be a raffle as well as vendors giving out free samples. Tickets for the raffle will be $1, or six tickets for $5.

One item being raffled off is a month of free services from Pure Barre Technique, valued at $225.

Beds For Kids began when founder Tim Rowley started noticing families were unable to afford furniture after spending their money on food, housing and bills. He began delivering needed items to a few families before purchasing a trailer to haul more items.  Rowley’s endeavor has grown into an organization that has helped thousands of families. Find more information on the efforts, as well as a complete list of items that can be donated, at www.bedsforkids.org.

The Village at Robinson Farm is located at 8410 Rea Road. For more information on the fundraiser, contact Jackie Adams by email at jackieathemeathouse@live.com.

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