Kentucky Guard hosts 3rd Annual Build-A-Bed Program at Boone Center

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Pictures courtesy of the Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

FRANKFORT, Ky--Approximately 400 volunteers came out to Boone National Guard Center Saturday, May 14, to build 100 beds for children in Kentucky's Franklin, Fayette, Woodford and Jessamine counties during the Third Annual Build-A-Bed event hosted by SUCCESS Corp, a program of Kentucky Americorps (photo courtesy of the Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office).

Frankfort, KY (May 14, 2011) – Approximately 400 volunteers came to Boone National Guard Center Saturday to build 100 beds for children in Kentucky’s Franklin, Fayette, Woodford and Jessamine counties at the Third Annual Build-A-Bed event hosted by SUCCESS Corp, a program of Kentucky Americorps.

“We are pleased and honored to once again host the Build-a-Bed event here at Boone Center,” said Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini, adjutant general of Kentucky. “You all have shown your dedication to the people of Kentucky by your volunteerism here on this rainy Saturday morning.”

Last year’s event at Boone Center served as the kickoff for the National Americorps Week of Service, with over 2,000 volunteers building 557 beds over a 2-day period.

“We are glad to have partners like the Kentucky National Guard, ” said Angela Baldridge, co-founder of the Build-a-Bed project. “Hosting this event in the hanger keeps us out of the rain today, and we thank you!”

In March of 2009, SUCCESS Corps identified the overwhelming need for beds, with many stories of children sleeping six to a mattress with parents and grandparents, children sleeping in the cold on uninsulated floors, in barns, or on uncomfortable couches night after night.

Many of these children have unimaginably difficult lives during the day, lives affected by poverty, family struggles, educational barriers, and more. Build-A-Bed, a community partnership of state agencies, military, churches, schools and non-profits, aims to help them improve their physical and emotional well-being and increase their chances of success in school by helping them sleep better.

FRANKFORT, Ky--Volunteers construct a bed during the Third Annual Build-A-Bed event at Kentucky's Boone National Guard Center (photo courtesy of the Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs).

FRANKFORT, Ky--Eileen Cackowski, executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism, and Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini, adjutant general of Kentucky, and listen to Col. Steve Bullard, event manager, prior to Third Annual Build-a-Bed event at Kentucky's Boone National Guard Center Saturday, May 14th (photo courtesy of the Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office).

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