The Fort Saskatchewan Furniture Bank wants to give kids something of their own.
In collaboration with the Fort Saskatchewan Elks and the Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club, numerous 'Bed in a Box' kits were put together on Saturday (Oct.17). These kits include new bedsheets, a pillow, an Elks Canada stuffed animal, a colouring book and pencil crayons.
The kits are designated for children aged six and under.
"A lot of our clients come from abuse and our hearts break for them, so we just try to be a little extra kind to the kids especially," said furniture bank volunteer Barb Larson. "They don't have anything they can call their own."
The initiative has been an ongoing project since 2019; however, due to being closed down at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the furniture bank hadn't been able to continue until now.
Parents of kids aged six and under will receive these kits when they come in for furniture. Currently, there are 25 available, but more will be put together as families take them home.
Those helping to put together kits included Rotarians Stu Henning, Bill Gordon and president Ted Griffiths, as well as Elks Al Gummesen and Blayne Read.
"It is stressful for kids when there are family break-ups, so you have to give them something to pick them up a bit and that's what these packages are about," added Gummesen, who also volunteers with the furniture bank.
Books were donated by the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library and bags were purchased by Thirty-One consultant Erin Hanneman.
Larson explained that the furniture bank is currently at capacity, as community members have stepped up greatly in bringing in donations.
The 'Bed in a Box' kits are available to children aged six and under.