Volunteers will build bunk beds for needy families during Makers Market open house, March 12.

March 2, 2016

LUDINGTON — A group of volunteers is going to be at the Makers Market of Ludington on Saturday, March 12 to build bunk beds for families in need. The bunk beds will be built by Ludington’s Love and Kindness — a group of high school students — along with Hands Extended Loving People (HELP) Ministry.

The community is invited to come watch the bunk bed construction and tour the Makers Market facility, located at 227 W. Ludington Ave. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the build taking place between 10 a.m. to noon.

“We’re looking forward to the bunk bed build, and we’re excited about trying it out in a new facility,” said Larry Lange, executive director of HELP. He said the volunteer group will construct three bunk bed sets during the event. “We have three people waiting. That probably means there are six children (currently) sleeping on the floor,” he said.

At least one completed bunk bed of the day’s build event will be delivered to a local family that same afternoon. “It’s alway very rewarding going to install the beds,” said Lange. “Kids have place to sleep rather than just in a blanket on the floor,” said Lange.

“We’re very excited and honored to host the bunk bed build,” said Erica Karmeisool, director of the Makers Market of Ludington. “It represents the purpose of this community workshop. It’s a place where generations can work together to design and build projects, and this particular project is such an impactful gift to the community.”

Karmeisool worked with Kathy Bromley of HELP to organize the event at the Makers Mkt., and the build will be supervised by Jim Orcutt and Lou Eby. The Makers Mkt. is donating use of the facility, and Lange said funds to pay for the bunk beds comes from a House of Flavors Foundation grant received by HELP in the early fall of 2015.

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