Sustaining client services to target populations through Healthy Food Boxes and Furniture Delivery and Landfill Diversion program will administer delivery of healthy food boxes and redistribution of quality used furniture to individuals and families in need through our BEDS for KIDS, Feeding Our Future andFurniture for Individuals in Crises projects to ensure safety, health, comfort and quality of life to those within Linn, Benton and surrounding Counties.
"Beds for Kids" serves the children of Linn, Benton, and surrounding counties. Studies have shown that children who get a good night's sleep in a bed of their own do better in school physically and mentally. In order for us to help these children get a proper night's sleep, we are asking for your help. A $60 donation is as little as it takes to supply a donated bed and bedding, and serving more than 3,000 children a year means we have to raise $180,000 a year to support this single program! So whether you can donate a bed or the money to supply a bed we are always in need of your donations!
The substantial benefits of our BEDS for KIDS project are that children no longer have to sleep on the floor in our communities, which improves their sleep and performance in school and improves safety, health, comfort, warmth, and quality of life for children.
BEDS for KIDS annually provides 3,000 + children with a bed, pillow, sheets and blanket who are in emergency or vulnerable situations who sleep on cold floors, in street clothes and in conditions that increase sickness, deprives sleep and contributes to poor performance in schools.
Importance of Sleep to help Break the Cycle of Poverty
Sleep is one of the most important activities we do to boost the quality of all aspects of our lives. However, for the thousands of children living in poverty within our community, who are sleeping without a bed, getting the proper amount of sleep is just not an option. Without enough sleep, these school-aged children experiencing poverty are put at a serious disadvantage and are unable to learn at their full potential. By giving them the ability to get a good night's sleep they will be one step closer to completing their education and breaking the cycle of poverty. Studies have shown that one of the best ways to break the cycle of poverty is through education and the completion of high school. As well, inadequate sleep when combined with other stress factors, like poverty, can cause higher levels of behavioral problems and put these children at even more of a disadvantage. We need to give school-aged children as many tools as possible to complete and succeed in their education. One of these tools is a bed.
Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. The way you feel while you're awake depends in part on what happens while you're sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development. The damage from sleep deficiency can occur in an instant (such as a car crash), or it can harm you over time. For example, ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk for some chronic health problems. It also can affect how well you think, react, work, learn, and get along with others. Sleep helps your brain work properly. While you're sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day. It's forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information.
Here are some facts about the importance of sleep as well as information about the effects of poverty on children and their education:
Education has been shown to be the best way to break the cycle of poverty. Getting a good night's sleep is necessary for a child to perform well at school and give them the tools to succeed!