Beds for Kids, the nonprofit tackling furniture poverty by providing beds and essential furniture to children and families in need, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by hosting a virtual kick-off event entitled “Improving Lives: Addressing the Affordable Housing Crisis in Charlotte.” The event will take place Thursday, May 6 on Zoom and will feature Marcia Fudge, United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, as the keynote speaker.
The event will also include remarks from North Carolina Congresswoman Alma Adams and a dynamic panel discussion with:
Furniture poverty is the inability to afford or access the basic essential items — such as beds and furniture — that provide a household with a decent quality of life and the ability to participate in the norms of society. Studies have shown that poor sleep affects children’s grades and academic performance and adversely affects behavior up to two years later. In addition, research has shown that not having a bed leads to poor nights of sleep, lower sleep quality, and even sleep deprivation.
“Although a bed may not be the first thing we think of when discussing poverty, far too many children in our community are growing up in households that cannot afford a bed for their children. Furniture poverty is a huge issue impacting far too many of our neighbors,” said Malcolm Graham, Executive Director, Beds for Kids. “Families need more than just housing. It takes essential items like beds and furniture to transform a house into a home.”
In addition to the May 6 event, a series of 10th anniversary events will follow including a volunteer appreciation celebration, a virtual slumber party and the organization’s annual Dream Big Dinner.
“Beds for Kids has been delivering dreams for families in need for a decade, but the harsh reality is that many families in Charlotte are struggling,” Graham said.
About Beds for Kids
Beds for Kids empowers families with children by delivering beds and other essential furniture items to powerfully supplement the family’s resources as they rise out of poverty and into self-sufficiency. The nonprofit organization works with nearly 50 referring agencies to fulfill bed and furniture needs for client families and relies on a strong network of volunteers to help refurbish, repurpose, and deliver new and gently used beds and essential furniture items. For more information, visit www.bedsforkids.org.