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'Kids sleeping on floor': Brazos Valley charity in desperate need of mattresses

Posted at 12:21 PM, Jan 19, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-19 14:21:03-05

BCS Together has only been in the area for three years and in 2022, it served over a thousand Brazos Valley children.

Jenny Closner is the Careportal Manager for the local non-profit.

Closner said community partners, alongside the Careportal app, help ensure the transition to foster homes is smooth, safe, and full of support.

"It's just an app that CPS caseworkers can put requests into and then churches can meet those requests directly to the family," Closner said.

"So, it's a really beautiful thing, last year our churches met over 175 requests."

Dennis Davidson is a local volunteer and says his church will typically deliver two to four beds each month to families in need.

"It's very rewarding to get to know them, to try to find out how we can serve the in other ways," Davidson said.

"They love on us to be honest, they love on us when we come to see them,"

"They hug us, talk to us, and are really excited about the bed covering, the pillows, and the blankets that we give them," Davidson said.

He said the several ways you can help them is by donating your time, money, or bed supplies.

"We had a significant rush on beds over the Thanksgiving to Christmas timeframe and now that inventory is gone," Davidson said.

"We have some piece mail things,"

"We're just missing mattresses, bed frames, and we really need to focus on replenishing that inventory."

Davidson said most of these kids are on the floor, on air mattresses, or all on one bed.

Closner said the non-profit provides several items, but there is something extra-special about being able to provide beds to these families.

"Beds are uniquely important because they provide so much safety and dignity to the children," Closner said.

"At BCS Together, we really care that all of our clients are treated with dignity,"

"Being able to get up off the floor and have your own bed, that's for you, is a really important part of all that."

For anyone interested in donating a bed, the BCS Together Closet is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You can also find a full list of items to donate on the organization's official Amazon Wishlist.