CINCINNATI -- Some underprivileged children in Cincinnati have slept on floors or in piles of clothes for part of their lives, but thanks to the second annual "Day to Dream" event on Saturday, 50 of those kids now have a bed to sleep on.
St. Vincent de Paul - Cincinnati, Morris Furniture Company, Chick-fil-A and other organizations came together to give away new beds and other bedroom furnishings to help bring awareness to the need for beds for children.
"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."
A good night's sleep has also shown to impact a child's academic performance. According to a study from the "International Journal of Behavioral Development," the quality of sleep correlates with a child's current and future academic achievements.
So when a new bed was given to Tamaica Lee's son, she was happy to say the least. "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," said Lee.
"Every child needs a bed,"said Larry Klaben, President and CEO of Morris Furniture Company. "We are committed to bringing smiles to kids by giving those in need a bed of their own."