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Tallahassee's volunteer effort to provide every area child with their very own bed goes on

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Tom Flanigan
The bunk beds were constructed from raw lumber as the dozens of volunteers skillfully wielded a variety of power tools.

A small army of volunteers was building beds from scratch in Tallahassee on Saturda, Jan. 21. It's an ongoing effort to make sure each area child has a bed to call their own. The parking lot of Southern Flooring at the corner of Bradford and Thomasville roads became a big, open-air carpentry shop on Saturday. But business owner Shawn Yoakam didn't mind a bit.

"Wonderful project, amazing people! Sunrise Rotary and Sleep in Heavenly Peace, there couldn't be a better group of people, really," he smiled as sanders whirred and drill presses whined.

Sunrise Rotary's Danielle Irwin said the goal was building 15 child-sized bunk beds from scratch for kids who now sleep on the floor.

"Well who doesn't want to make sure a kid has a bed to sleep in? Especially when it's going to our own community. We have 7 different deliveries we're making to Tallahassee and Crawfordville."

Still, there are many more kids than beds. So Sleep in Heavenly Peace's John Cousins said the community build-a-bed project will continue.

"The next build is in two weeks at the 911 Dispatch."

That's the Leon County Public Safety Complex on Easterwood Drive for anyone who'd like to stop by and lend a hand.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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