Local charity helps children in Northwest Ohio sleep peacefully
TOLEDO, Ohio (WNWO) -- A good night's sleep is something many of us take for granted, but plenty of area children don't even have their own bed to sleep in.
A local organization is helping put an end to that.
Jaxon and Jo'lyna are used to sleeping in their parents' bed.
"It's not easy with that because we'll have my son between us, my daughters is at our feet like a T, and by the end of the night my son's sleeping in a seated backwards position and his feet are on me and his heads on me, and he's touching mommy, and he's kicking his sister," said Joe Ward, Jaxon and Jo'lyna's dad.
But the Maumee Valley chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a non-profit that started out in Idaho, stepped in to help this struggling family.
"I work two jobs, I do everything I can to support my family, however sometimes I still struggle to get the small things, whether it's a bed when it's needed or stuff like that so it's really a blessing to have the help," Fallon Belville, their mom.
The local volunteers come out to their house and assemble the bed on site, complete with a brand new mattress and bedding, all at no cost to the family.
"They are super excited, all they could say was oh we're going to have a bed like bubby and sissy, and they're already picking out who gets the top and who gets the bottom bunk," said Belville.
One of the volunteers is a local teacher who knows first hand how important it is for kids to get a good nights sleep.
"This completely changes things for children, they have found that when a kid has a bed to sleep in their grades go up, they're able to pay better attention at school, overall their entire well being, they have better self esteem and everything," said Shawna Horvath, co-president of the Maumee Valley Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
And the smiling faces are what make it all worthwhile.
"I think the best part of that though was when Jaxon rolled across the bed and said 'this is my favorite bed.' He pulled the sheets and the covers back and laid right down," said Dan Pellizzari, co-president of the Maumee Valley Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
"There [are] no words to explain how that felt."