Non-Profits & Businesses Join to Give Beds to Kids Without Them
Great example of a community coming together to literally grant "dreams" to children who sleep on floors and couches.
Most of us take for granted that we'll be able to snuggle into a warm bed at the end of the day. But many children in cities and towns all over the US don't have that luxury: they're sleeping on couches, even on the floor because they don't have something as simple as a bed. A group of people in Cincinnati, OH decided to do something about that, with non-profits, businesses, even a TV station and the baseball team all coming together to make it happen.
50 Greater Cincinnati children received a new bed of their own at an event, appropriately named Day to Dream. And boy were they excited when the curtain went up in the Cincinnati Red's Youth Academy and they saw those decked out beds!
"Our volunteers visit the homes of our neighbors in need and often find a pile of blankets on the floor where each night a child lays down to sleep," Mike Dunn, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati , told the Cincinnati Herald .
"The need for beds in our community is great."
Morris Home and Ashley HomeStore donated a portion of mattress sales for the past year to the effort. "Every child needs a bed of their own," Morris CEO Larry Klaben told the Herald."Along with a new bed, the children also received sheets, a comforter, blanket and pillow courtesy of Morris, as well as a backpack with school supplies from Park National Bank , baseball glove from the Reds, and a stuffed animal and lunch courtesy of Chick-Fil-A ." Volunteers from Cincinnati's Crossroads Church and Gorilla Glue (based in Cincinnati) delivered the beds.
TV station WCPO held phone-a-thon during their evening news to raise money for more beds to be purchased for children in need. Since 2001 this partnership has provided over 11,000 beds to families in need in Ohio and Northern Kentucky.
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(Images & video: St. Vincent de Paul Facebook page )