Putting Disaster To Bed

By Alice Maggiore
By Jeff Hontz

Putting Disaster To Bed

September 16, 2011 Updated Sep 16, 2011 at 9:28 PM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A local charity is asking for your help as it tries to clean up and out from tropical disaster.

A pile of mattresses lies outside the Beds 4 Kids Charity facility in Owego.

Disaster had come to the charity.

Now, the charity's mission has shifted to putting the damage to bed.

It wants to get the ruined materials out, to make way for new items to better serve its neighbors in need.

Meanwhile, a new shipment of mattresses has arrived, two tractor trailer loads worth.

The Beds 4 Kids team was able to salvage hundreds of mattresses from the flood, and all of that is available for free pick-up. Furniture will be made available at a later date.

It's hoping to collect enough furniture and beds from the equivalent of 20,000 dorm rooms to give out by next summer.

"We're calling for state and private owned universities to donate all of the stuff from their storage rooms that they didn't need," said Leonard Hilldale, the Founder of Beds 4 Kids. "Also, when they refurbish dorm rooms come summer a lot of people are still gonna be in a great deal of need around here."

There are ways you can help Beds 4 Kids clean up its damaged mattresses, or even to pick up a piece of furniture.

Hilldale says the normal phonelines to reach the charity are down, but you may reach an informational recording at (607) 687-2709.

The organization has pledged to donate $20,000 to the Village of Owego, which will go toward clean up efforts.

It will also be used to pay the village's tipping fee.