No child should be left without a bed to sleep in. That’s why on Friday, September 13, Sonesta employees from the Newton, Massachusetts, corporate office gathered together to build bed frames for under-served kids in Massachusetts.
The Newton office closes down once each year for a community service day. This year, everyone headed to the 80-year-old Kimball Farm in the once-agrarian town of Westford, where they met representatives of A Bed for Every Child. There, each team of three built, sanded and painted twin bed frames that will later be distributed to children throughout the state. The child’s first name and age were shared with the teams – to make the experience just a little more personal.
A check for $10,000 was presented to the organization – the result of weeks of fundraising efforts from the corporate team. The donation enables A Bed for Every Child to provide 40 more beds to kids in need.
A Bed for Every Child was born from the idea of a single schoolteacher. During a visit from the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, she shared that many of her students were coming to school tired because they didn’t have a bed. It affects their ability to learn and concentrate, obviously, but also their behavior and discipline. That was seven years ago. Today, the American Sleep Association endorses the work of this worthwhile organization. Sonesta was happy to literally build the foundations of a good night’s sleep for the kids served by A Bed for Every Child.
To learn more about providing beds or getting involved, contact A Bed for Every Child, which is an initiative of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless – a registered 501(c)(3) organization.
Categories: Culture of Caring