HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 9, 2017 – Two student-run organizations recently teamed up to help local veterans get a good night’s sleep by building 50 beds.
The Bed Brigade and United Apparel hosted “Build for the Brave,” an event to benefit the Heal Our Heroes Camp, a new facility that will house homeless veterans in High Point.
The Bed Brigade is an organization that builds bed frames and collects mattresses and other bedding supplies for homeless veterans and their families. United Apparel is a charitable online company that sells apparel including t-shirts, hats and hair ties. With each purchase, customers are prompted to select an item they’d like to donate to a veteran from a list – including socks, bed sheets, towels and more.
Kaylor Ramey, HPU sophomore and co-founder of Bed Brigade, organized “Build for the Brave.” She and her father created the Bed Brigade, a nonprofit, when she was 12 years old. They began partnering with local churches to help fill the need for beds in the Central Ohio area. Today, they’ve expanded to seven branches throughout the country, including High Point.
The two groups, alongside more than 150 HPU student volunteers and High Point community members, successfully built 50 bed frames during the event.
“This event was incredibly successful,” says Ramey. “Students, community members and even local veterans come together to build all 50 beds. One of the homeless veterans receiving a bed even came to help build. It was a humbling, fun-filled day that has created a launch pad for this organization and our relationship with Heal Our Heroes and other community partners.”
“United Apparel is a charitable business that provides homeless veterans facilities with items they need,” says Darryl Remedio, president and CEO of United Apparel. “Bed Brigade creates beds for the homeless community. This is truly a perfect unity to help veterans in the High Point Community.”
In addition to constructing beds, the two groups also collected donations of twin bed sheets, pillows, books, canned food and personal care items during the build.
Both Ramey and Remedio will be recognized during HPU’s annual Veterans Day Celebration, an event that is free and open to the public, where hundreds of veterans are honored for their service.