Church Creates Ministry to Help Local Needy Children, One Bedroom Makeover at a Time
Many of us may take for granted, that we have a bed and a pillow to lay our heads at night, in the comfort of our bedrooms.
But for many children in our area, that's not the case.
So an Erie church has started a new ministry, to help children in need.
The Table of Grace United Methodist Church in Erie has created the ministry, which will provide children's bedroom makeovers for area kids in need, “So many of the kids don't have a bed to sleep in, they don’t even have a pillow, they may be sleeping on the floor, they may be sleeping on a couch, they don’t a place to put their clothes, and so they don’t have a place to call their own,” said Jim Willats, Lay leader of the Table of Grace congregation.
Church member, Cathy McGinnis came up with the idea, “Every kid deserves a bed and a warm blanket, and a safe place to be.”
Volunteers completed their first bedroom earlier this year, for a 6-year-old girl in Saegertown.
A team of 20 to 25 people assembled to paint, decorate and completely remodel her bedroom, it took them about 8 hours.
Church member, Kelsey Willats has an interior design background, and met with the child to come up with the design concept, “The little girl told us that she loves a lot of color and she loves math, so I used that as the inspiration for her design,” said Willats. “Her reaction was absolutely priceless, it brought tears to my eyes,” Willats said.
Each bedroom makeover will cost about $1,500, the church is teaming up with local organizations to determine which local families have the biggest need.
They hope to raise enough money to carry this ministry out for the next couple of years, and they’re holding a benefit concert to help with those fundraising efforts.
All proceeds from The Lettermen concert will go directly towards the bedroom makeover program.
The concert is Saturday, May 18th at Mercyhurst Prep High School with shows at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $30 for general admission, to $50 for preferred seating. You can call Table of Grace Church at 814-983-1210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org