Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Homes for the Holidays

Each year, just before Christmas, Slumberland teams up with local social service agencies to give out beds to children in need.  This morning I had the honor of helping load out 80 sets to go to homes in the Des Moines area.

We teamed up with LSI to find the homes and Knights of Columbus did the deliveries.  We met at the Ankeny store and all shared a pancake breakfast donated by IHOP.  This truly is a community effort.

Eighty children received a new mattress, foundation and frame.  For most, if not all, this will be their first new bed.  For some, if past years experience holds true, this will be their first bed.  Over the years I have heard many stories of children who had been sleeping on the floor on a pile of blankets or maybe they could have the sofa.  To know that you have a bed to go home to shouldn't be a luxury but unfortunately for all too many this is the case.  I'm glad to be a part of putting a dent in that in our neck of the woods.

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