(WBNG Binghamton) The following message was sent to Action News Leonard Hilldale, President/Founder of Beds 4 Kids.
"Beds 4 Kids is still digging out from the massive destruction caused by recent flooding. We had approximately 2000 tons of mattresses and furniture all collected for disaster relief, along with tons more of mattresses and furniture notched for selling to sustain the expenses of the charity – ALL destroyed.
"We’ve been working diligently to clean out one room at a time in the building so that they can be prepped for charity and showroom space. Currently, we have hundreds of FREE mattresses available daily for those in need – and also have 5 showrooms setup with new living room, dining room, and bedroom furniture, along with mattresses, all for sale at highly discounted prices.
"This Saturday, October 1st, Alfred University will be sending a busload of students and faculty to the Beds 4 Kids facility to help out with cleanup and setup efforts. We believe the Dean will even be on hand to help clear out damaged merchandise, and setup new rooms!
"Regarding our Disaster Relief effort, Cortland University will be the first university participating by sending us a tractor trailer load of furnishings for Beds 4 Kids to give away FOR FREE to those in need. We at Beds 4 Kids know that there are 10’s of thousands of bedroom sets being thrown away every year. Please help us get the call out for all State and privately run universities to follow Cortland and provide us with the furnishings that they will be renewing in the near and distant future – or that may just be being stored and taking up space in their facilities.
"Our organization would like to give a heartfelt THANK YOU to the dozens of volunteers that have come to the call for help at our facility. Some very generous church and local organizations have gone above and beyond for us! We couldn’t have made it as far as we have without you, and we will forever be grateful. To show our generosity to the citizens of Owego who have come and assisted, we have donated $20,000 to the Village of Owego to assist with cleanup expenses.
"We still have several weeks of cleanup to go – but we WILL reopen our operation, and will be bigger and better than ever! As always, volunteers will be greatly appreciated – and will also receive free items and deeper discounts as an additional THANKS for their efforts. It is our mission to rebuild our charity and discount furnishings store, and to help this community be stronger than ever!
"Attached are a few photos of the exterior of the building. We’re at about the 50% mark!"