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The Butler County chapter was formed 18 months ago, and during that time it has built and delivered 970 beds. Watkins said Saturday’s 101-bed delivery was its largest. Most of the beds, valued at more than $350, were built by Badin High School students.
There are 300 children on the waiting list and the next bed build is set for Jan. 25, 2020 at Monroe High School, he said.
Watkins said during deliveries he sees that children are sleeping on the floor, a pile of clothes, an air mattress, a couch or with a sibling or relative.
“That’s hard to believe for some people,” he said.
He said while organizations host backpack giveaways and provide free lunches for needy children, beds are not considered “a top need.” But when you think about the number of hours a person spends in bed, and the role proper sleep plays in their success, you understand the importance of a bed, he said.
“It’s something that they can call their own,” said Watkins, who lives in Monroe with his wife and their six children. “A bed provides them a peace of mind.”
Kayla Richardson, 29, of Middletown, received two beds for her three sons. Jayden, 3, and Amarion, 22 months, received bunk beds and Trevion, 4, received a twin beds.
Richardson said she moved into her home two weeks ago and all three boys were sleeping in the same full size bed.
“God is good,” she said when asked her reaction. “Blessings do happen.”
Bed builds are held about once a month and Watkins said the Butler County chapter is booked through September 2020. He said Lowe’s is a major sponsor and builds have been held at Butler County churches, schools and fire departments.
For more information, go to www.SHPbeds.org.