The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City gave away more than 100 beds to children without them on Wednesday as part of its Sleep to Succeed program.
“They're going to get a mattress, a box springs, a bed frame as well as sheets and pillows,” said Whitney Chandler, the executive director of team leadership at the local YMCA.
This year was the fifth of the bed giveaway, Chandler said. Typically, the program received 30 to 60 beds. In partnership with Mathis Brothers Furniture, the YMCA gave away 128 beds this year, making it the biggest yet.
“We’ve had to get a lot more staff,” Chandler said.
Getting a good night’s sleep can help kids in multiple ways, including school, Chandler said.
“It’s proven that it has so much impact on how they sleep, how they perform in school, by the time they get there they’re able to stay awake and focused,” she said.
The beds were delivered to families across Northeast OKC in Oklahoma City Housing Authority neighborhoods.
“I’m excited, it’s a great day and It's really fun to give somebody such a great gift,” Chandler said on Wednesday.
Two beds were delivered to the front door of Jasmine Robinson, a mother of two, said the gift was overwhelming.
“I am very thankful. I am very joyful. I feel like I’m about to cry,” Robinson said.
In the past five years, the YMCA said it’s delivered 648 beds to about 300 families.