Volunteers build hundreds of beds for kids in need

Posted at 5:22 PM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 17:22:32-04

It's something, some, might take for granted -- sleeping in a bed every night, but the reality is there is a need in the bay area for kids without one.

A St. Petersburg church has spent the last three years trying to meet the growing need of children sleeping on the floor, sharing a bed with siblings or their parents. 

Bridgepoint Church looked into the need in Pinellas County after other churches in other states started an ongoing ministry. 

The church did their own research in the area, and found around 7,000 kids don't have their own bed. 

"It's too easy to take care of that problem so we just started building beds," said Lead Pastor Tim Whipple. "The response was people connecting us to other people and the next thing you know we've made hundreds of beds."

Not only do kids get a bed delivered, they get a brand new mattress and sheets, even a new set of pajamas. 

The church works with local agencies through an application process, usually with social workers, guidance counselors and social service organizations. 

Volunteers help build beds every two to three months in large sums, and they're delivered just about every other Saturday in the St. Petersburg area. 

In just June and July, the church delivered 90 beds. 

For more information on volunteering or information on the build-a-bed program, contact the church.