“The most fulfilling deed I have done so far.”
– Deliris Montanez

Sleep is a basic human need, especially for kids who are growing, exploring, and learning about their world. The sad truth is that too many U.S. children don’t have beds to sleep in–a crisis affecting everything from grades to health to self-esteem. Luckily, people are finding creative ways to help.

Bedtime isn’t much fun for kids who sleep in chairs, couches, or curled up on the floor. They often end up slouched or resting in uncomfortable positions, which can be bad for their growing joints, muscles, and bones; they also face unique emotional stress.

“It is really difficult to create change in your life if you don’t have the essentials,” says Mark Bergel, American University Doctorate and founder of A Wider Circle, a nonprofit organization working to furnish people’s houses. Naturally, he’s right: kids without beds tend to struggle with issues like low self-esteem, bullying, and more, which makes it difficult for them to imagine futures full of success and happiness.

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Donations to the El Paso Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace can be made by going to https://shpbeds.org/chapter/tx-el-paso/