WINDERMERE, Fla. (FOX 35 Orlando) - This weekend, police officers from different communities will be coming together to build beds for kids in need.
Windermere Police Chief David Ogden says officers will be building bunk beds from this stack of wood for 40 children.
"When you ask a child what they want and they tell you I just want a bed to sleep in I think it tugs at the heart and puts everything in perspective," he says, adding that some families have been sharing a small double-bed or have kids sleeping on the couch or floor. "We were really astonished to kind of hear that."
Bill Carleton, of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, says 200 kids in Central Florida need beds.
"I get quite a few calls from social workers and schools who see what's going on with the kids and find out they don't have a bed and that's why they're tired."
But with the help of volunteers, he's able to go to sleep knowing, the kids are ok.
"I've delivered beds in Winter Garden, I've delivered beds in Ocoee, I've delivered beds in South Lake County up in Clermont. Eustis, Tavares."
Chief Ogden says officers from other police departments will also be volunteering, along with anyone else who wants to help.
"We'll be in regular shirts like everybody else and do some hard work and labor for a really good purpose and a really good reason."
If you're interested in volunteering the build starts at 8 o'clock Saturday morning at the Windermere Police Department. For more information on the program go to: https://www.shpbeds.org/