Recently, Coptic Christian refugees from Egypt have fled their home country to escape religious violence and persecution, moving to Ridgewood, Queens. Living in small apartments and having arrived with few possessions, many families do not have good places for their children to sleep. As a result, these children are either sleeping with their parents or on the floor.
The Bunk Bed Project is a service effort led by Capuchin Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. Mary to construct bunk beds for these children and their families and to provide them with mattresses, sheets, blankets and pillows. Please consider making a donation to support the Bunk Bed Project by clicking the button below.
Watch a video profile from NET TV about the Bunk Bed Project HERE. Read more about genesis of this project below.
Left: A young man enjoying his new bunk bed; Right: A young Bunk Bed Project volunteer.
After the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, Brother Michael Loerch of St. Michael Friary in Brooklyn organized a group of volunteers to take part in what came to be called Capuchin Prayer and Service Days. On one such day, Br. Michael and Dennis McCormack, a Capuchin Prayer and Service Day volunteer, were delivering donated furniture to a family of Coptic Christian refugees. Mr. McCormack observed that many of the children of these families were sharing beds with their parents or sleeping on the floor. Given the limited space in these narrow, railroad style apartments, Mr. McCormack suggested that bunk beds would be an efficient way to provide these children with places to sleep, without taking up too much space. “Every kid deserves a bed to sleep in,” said Mr. McCormack.
Fr. Michael Sevigny works with other volunteers assembling a bunk bed.
From this idea, the Bunk Bed Project was born. While initial efforts targeted Coptic Christian refugee families, the project has since expanded to provide bunk beds to any Brooklyn families in need. Your support of this project allows Br. Michael and the Capuchin Prayer and Service Day volunteers to acquire the materials, the wood, the nails, the screws, to assemble the bunk beds, as well as the mattresses, sheets, blankets, and pillows to make the beds comfortable for the children waiting to sleep in them.
To donate and help ensure that these children have a safe, comfortable place to sleep, please click HERE.