In the North Texas area, too many children lack proper beds in which to sleep. Most of us take for granted the luxury of having something as basic as a decent bed to sleep in. but some kids consider themselves lucky enough to sleep on the family couch; others must sleep on the floor. The S.M. Wright Foundation is kicking-off its 1st Annual Beds for Kids Campaign on Saturday, May 21st when pre-approved families will begin arriving at 9:00 a.m. until noon to pick up their bed sets, which are twin or full-size mattresses, box spring, and frame. The foundation will also be distributing armoires, computers, kids’ books and toys. “Beds for kids began in 2010 and since then, we have distributed more than 6,360 bed sets to underprivileged kids in our community,” said Rev. S. M. Wright II, President, Co-Founder and CEO of the S.M. Wright Foundation. “Unfortunately, the demand far exceeds the foundation’s ability to supply beds and there is still a long waiting list of more than 4,200 kids. The good news is an anonymous donor has given a $40,000 matching pledge, so each $1.00 donated by the public will equal $2.00 in support of that goal. The campaign runs through September 30, 2016. The objective of the program is to give disadvantaged children the opportunity to get a good night’s sleep by providing new twin or full bed sets. To qualify, a family must complete an application, show proof of income and residency, provide a valid birth certificate for each child, and meet Texas Commodity Assistance Program income requirements. After the application has been processed, a foundation staff member or community service partner representative visits the family’s residence to verify the need for a bed. Upon approval, the family can pick up the bed from the foundation’s warehouse. Approximately one month after the bed is received, the foundation staff member visits again to make sure the bed is being put to good use and to inform the family about other foundation resources.
Beds for Kids would not be possible without help from these Community Partners, for which the S.M. Wright Foundation is so very grateful: A-Z Therapy, Child Protective Services – Dallas, Tarrant and Collin County, Children’s Medical Center, City of Dallas Housing/Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Dallas Healthy Start, Dallas Housing Authority, Dallas ISD, Desoto ISD, El Centro College / Adult Resource Center, Genesis Women Shelter, Head Start of Greater Dallas, Healing Heart Center, Home Sweet Home/The Salvation Army, Kipp Truth Elementary, Lancaster ISD, Lumin Bachman Lake Community School, Foremost Family Clinic (MLK), Methodist Children’s Home Outreach, Metro Care, Parkland Outpatient Clinic, Psychological Social Services and Homeless Education Program, Rosemont Mission Trail, St. Vincent De Paul Collin County, Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, Texas Department of Health, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Well Care.
Beds For Kids Kick Off Welcomes the Press- Families who have been previously approved arrive to pick up their bed sets. The SM Wright Foundation will also be giving families computers, kids books and toys, armoires.
When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Where: The S.M. Wright Foundation
9213 Sovereign Row
Dallas, Texas 75247