SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For many children across western Massachusetts, having a bed to sleep in is a luxury their families can’t afford.
Freedom Credit Union is partnering with the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the Cooperative Credit Union Association on “A Bed for Every Child,” a fund drive to help provide beds and bedding for children in need.
“The last time we held the campaign, our members, our vendors and our staff, we were able to raise over $11,000 which is about 44 complete bed sets,” said Melin Menas, Manager at Freedom Credit Union. “We believe that a good night’s sleep is as important as clothing, shelter, and the point that children get a good night’s rest, they can perform better in school.”
In 2011, the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless learned that many public school students were not getting enough sleep because they did not have their own beds. The coalition launched “A Bed for Every Child” to help children get beds, sheets, blankets and pillows.
Donations can be made at any FCU branches through Friday, December 17.
Every $250 donation equals a “Comforts of Home” package that provides sheets, blankets, pillows and oral hygiene kits. Every $350 allows for a “Bed Buddy” package, which provides one child with a complete bed set.