RAYNHAM — This past year, the Faith Formation classes of St. Ann’s Parish in Raynham worked with the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless on a service project. Its Build a Bed program provides twin beds for children in the area who do not currently have their own bed to sleep.  

The Cabral Family were part of more than 100 volunteers from St. Ann Parish in Raynham who gathered to help make twin beds for children in need. It was part of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless’ Build a Bed project.

The students sold candy bars to cover the costs of materials for the beds as well as the mattresses and bedding. They raised more than $10,000. Due to the hard work of the children and the generosity of the parishioners of St Ann’s, they were able to purchase 30 beds. 

Once the fundraising was completed, the fun part of assembling began. On April 30 more than 100 volunteers of “builders and finish carpenters” as well as supporters came out on a chilly and windy morning to help build twin beds in the church parking lot.

The volunteers were divided into teams. Each team quickly learned how to work together, follow directions, and have fun as they worked toward the finished product of one bed per team. 

A team of volunteers helped with registration, refreshments, and general support for such a large parish undertaking.

This project was a great opportunity for the students to help support those in need and a wonderful event to bring together the parishioners to work side by side.