Last week, leaders with the Bald Ridge Lodge let the community know they were searching for beds, and it didn’t take long to get a response.
Executive Director Heidi Snarey said the lodge was recently in need of 12 new beds for boys at the lodge and when they let the community know, the need was met in about two days.
“We decided, ‘let’s see if we can start the year out right with making sure that we have all new beds,’” Snarey said, “Instead of using our funding, we had lots of people asking what they could do this time of year.”
Snarey said the community donated funds for eight beds and a local furniture store donated the rest.
“The community is fantastic,” she said. “We couldn’t be more thankful for the county and them always standing up to help children in need.”
The lodge opened more than nine years ago, and Snarey said it was decided to replace the original beds as the group was going over its end-of-the-year items.
The program serves at-risk boys ages 12-21 with counseling mentoring, community support and other positive activities. Some in the program are in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services or referred by the Forsyth County Juvenile Court.
The lodge aims to reunify the clients with families, and more than 400 have been served by the group.
When asked if the lodge needed any other items, Snarey said the biggest needs were time and support.
“We always are looking for volunteers and mentors for kids,” Snarey said. “It’s really important for them to have positive role models to work with, so we’re always looking for volunteers and tutors and things like that.”
The group’s website also has a wish list of facility needs — folders, canned food, bottled water, luggage and other items — and resident needs, such as gift cards, books, movies, video games and donations for outings.
Those interested in volunteering or learning more about the Bald Ridge Lodge can go to baldridgelodge.org.