50 Children In Need Received A Bed Of Their Own At The Second Annual “Day To Dream” Event On Saturday
At the count of three, the curtain separating 50 local children from something they don’t have—a bed to call their own—slowly began to rise. For many, the excitement was too much, and they broke from their seats, ducked under the curtain and sprinted to find the bed with their name on it. It was, for them, a Day to Dream.
Every night across Cincinnati, many children sleep on the floor, on a sofa, or with other family members, depriving them of the good night’s sleep needed to better live, laugh, hope and dream. To help solve this ongoing problem and raise awareness of the need for beds for children, St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati and Morris Furniture Company created a “Day to Dream.” The second annual event took place this year at the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy in Roselawn on Saturday, Aug. 25.
For Tamaica Lee, the gift brought tears to her eyes—and relief. “I don't have to worry about when he goes to school, the teacher calling me telling me he's having a bad day, and I can't tell the teacher he's having a bad day because he's sleeping on concrete, on the floor," Lee told WCPO, a partner in the event. WCPO is holding a phone bank at its studio on Tuesday evening to help raise more funds for 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,” says Mike Dunn, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati. “The need for beds in our community is great, and the generosity of the Morris Furniture Company will provide a good night’s sleep to many children.”
Throughout the year, a portion of all mattress purchases from Greater Cincinnati locations of The Better Sleep Shop inside Morris Home and Ashley HomeStore locations help St. Vincent de Paul provide beds to families across Cincinnati.
“Every child needs a bed and we are committed to bringing smiles to kids by giving those in need a bed of their own,” says Larry Klaben, President and CEO of Morris Furniture Company. “Since 2001, Morris Furniture Company has helped local organizations provide over 10,000 beds to families in need in Ohio and Northern Kentucky.”
Along with a new bed, the children also received sheets, a comforter, blanket and pillow courtesy of Morris Furniture Company, as well as two stuff animals, gift cards from Plato’s Closet/Once Upon a Child, a backpack with hygiene supplies from Park National Bank, Wiffle ball, bat and bobblehead from the Cincinnati Reds, and lunch courtesy of Chick-fil-A.
As the families walked out of the event and had the beds delivered to their homes by volunteers from Crossroads Church, smiles were on every face. The dreams this day were definitely happy ones.