Being able to get a good night's rest in a comfortable bed is something most of us take for granted. Unfortunately there are some people - including an appalling number of children - who face each night without a bed to facilitate needed slumber.
Recognizing that need, the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way held a bed drive during the week of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The goal was to receive the donation of 50 beds to be distributed to families with kids who faced each night without an appropriate place to sleep.
The good news is that the community responded spectacularly to this challenge. According to Mary Jo Wagner, the nonprofit organization's development director, 100 beds were received.
Particularly commendable was the donation of 50 beds by Buena Vista University. Additionally, Dennis Crimmins of White Transfer and Storage gave the drive a major push by handling the transportation of the beds from Buena Vista's Storm Lake campus to Fort Dodge. The folks at Mikos & Matt Furniture also deserve special praise for helping pick up beds locally as do volunteers from Rabiner Boys Ranch who helped with loading and unloading.
"We've seen a lot of generosity from community members, but this went over the top." Wagner told The Messenger. reflecting on the success of the bed drive. "We were really impressed."
That's a sentiment The Messenger shares.
The need for donated beds and other necessities is ongoing in our community. There are always people who require a helping hand during times of personal crisis. That's even more true during a period when unemployment and underemployment are particularly high. The Bridging the Gap program at the Fort Dodge Community Foundation is designed to coordinate such efforts.
Anyone willing to help out is urged to contact the Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way at 573-3179 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.