For too many struggling families, beds for their children are a luxury they can’t afford. Children without access to their own beds suffer from lack of sleep, impacting their health and ability to learn. Your gift will provide 50 children with their own new beds!
Sara, her older sister and their mother recently fled an abusive environment. After a short stay in a shelter, they moved into an apartment where the three share a single bed. Sara, the youngest, is the first to crawl into bed at night. Just as she falls asleep, her older sister awakened her when she gets into bed. After a while, Sara again begins to doze off but is awakened when her mother comes to bed, pulls the covers over herself and off of Sara. . Throughout the night, the three play tug-a-war with the sheets and blankets to get comfortable.
In central Ohio, the realities of families sharing a bed or sleeping on the floor are not uncommon. As a child grows, however, the need increases for their own space to sleep. Adequate sleep helps kids fight off germs and has been shown to reduce obesity. Our brain’s organizational, planning, and problem-solving skills are impaired by lack of sleep. Fatigue impacts behavior and causes kids to become easily frustrated and distracted.
Making a Difference
In 2017, 399 families received furniture from Joseph’s Coat, from couches and kitchen tables to chairs, dressers, side/end tables, and lamps. This included 393 mattresses!
Your support for One Child – One Bed through The Columbus Foundation’s Giving Store will be used to purchase twin mattresses and platform frames to ensure children like Sara can get a good night’s sleep so they are ready to take on the world!
1: Buy a Bed
$120 buys 1 bed for one child
$1,200 buys 10 beds for ten children
$6,000 buys 50 beds for fifty children
or text B11718 to 614-230-0347
for a link to The Columbus Foundation Giving Store.
Mail Checks to:
Joseph’s Coat of Central Ohio
240 Outerbelt St., Suite 5
Columbus, OH 43213
memo line: One Child – One Bed
2: Donate a clean, gently used bed
We accept gently used, clean beds of all sizes. We don’t accept beds with stains, torn fabric, spring poking out or infected with bugs. The bed should be in good enough condition to give to your mother. We are particular!
Our pickup area is limited to SR-161 in the north, Taylor Road in the east, Canal Winchester in the south and Bexley in the west. We will travel further for large pickups.
3: Volunteer to pick up donated beds and other furniture
Contact us to volunteer picking up donated furniture or working in other areas of Joseph’s Coat.
Sleep is the power source that keeps your mind alert and calm. Every night and at every nap, sleep recharges the brain’s battery. Sleeping well increases brainpower just as weight lifting builds stronger muscles, because sleeping well increases your attention span and allows you to be physically relaxed and mentally alert at the same time. Then you are at your personal best. – Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, Marc Weissbluth, MD
Tue 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wed 9:00 am – noon
Thu 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am – noon