Saturday, December 8, 2012

CMN Hospitals, Slumberland team up to provide beds to children in need

Thanks to a partnership between Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of CoxHealth and Slumberland Furniture, the children of 11 area families will sleep more soundly this holiday season – and for years to come.

Slumberland has donated 16 mattress sets and bed frames, plus pillows and teddy bears, to CMN Hospitals to help local families in need - a donation valued at $5,600. Families receiving mattress sets were identified through CMN Hospitals and in conjunction with other local agencies. 

Slumberland and CMN Hospitals are making deliveries to the homes of new parents such as Rocio Orozco of Springfield. Orozco recently had a new baby, and was without a bed for her older son – 18-month-old Francisco, who has now taken on the role of big brother. 

“This is awesome; I’m really glad,” Orozco told reporters who came to cover the bed delivery on Dec. 4. “We needed something like this, especially after his little brother came along. He’s going to have some stability with his own little bed.” 

Project organizers say that stability is key to children’s health.

“If you have a child who’s not sleeping in a place that is conducive to getting good sleep, that has health ramifications,” says Tim Siebert, executive director of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. “We’re very grateful to Slumberland for providing this donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals so we can help these families.” 

Brad Moulder, general manager of Slumberland in Springfield, agrees: “Sleep is so very important for children, it has a lot to do with their physical and mental well-being, we’re happy to be able to give that back to the community and especially to children; especially this time of year.”