As Sweet Sleep continues to serve orphaned and abandoned children overseas, let’s not lose site of what the Lord is doing right here in the United States through Sweet Sleep! Children within our own context are without beds due to bed bugs, abandonment, or lack of space. Beds are a huge need and we eagerly wait on the Lord as he continues to open doors wherever he leads. Rees Greenman, a Linkage Coordinator from the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS), took some time to share of the partnership that has been formed between DCS and Sweet Sleep. I got involved with Sweet Sleep through The Middle Tennessee Orphan Alliance also known as MTOA. Whenever we have an “out of the box” need for families struggling with poverty issues such as beds we tend to send them to MTOA. Beds have been one of those reoccurring needs. With bed bugs running rampant through Middle Tennessee it has been a need that has been increasing every year. Donations of beds have been harder to find because fewer locations take beds due to bedbugs. We had a lead a few years ago from a hotel who wanted to “donate” several hundred mattresses to us but after doing some research we found that they were bed bug infested and were trying to just get a tax right off. So finding beds for families has been very difficult.
The need for beds here in Middle Tennessee is larger than I would have every guessed. Who knew that Case Managers would drive an hour and a half for beds for their clients? We are appreciative of our relationship with Sweet Sleep and are forever grateful for Sweet Sleep making it possible for us to tell families, “Yes” your children can come home. Thanks Rees, for your friendship and partnership with Sweet Sleep. Knowing Sweet Sleep is being used to help children right next door is something to Praise the Lord for. Join us as we pray for more opportunities to share with children right here in our own area the joy and contentment of a good night’s sleep. ]]>