Living Spaces delivered the first 100 of 449 donated twin bed sets to Arizona Helping Hands on Feb. 12.
Through its nationwide Buy One, Give One initiative, a pledge to donate one mattress set for a child in foster care for every customer who purchases a qualifying bed set during the sales period, the furniture store has donated more than 1,000 new twin bed sets over the last three years to the Safe Place to Sleep program.
“It’s always a pleasure to support Arizona Helping Hands,” said Grover Geiselman, co-founder and CEO of Living Spaces, in a prepared statement. “We are humbled by the joy that their team brings to kids in really difficult situations, and we’re glad that we can partner with such a great cause.”
Last year, AZHH provided 3,536 beds and cribs for foster kids through its Safe Place to Sleep program, according to a press release. Shy of two months into the new year, the nonprofit has already distributed 353 beds and cribs, and with more than 14,000 children in the foster care system, demand continues to grow.
“Living Spaces exemplifies the spirit of corporate philanthropy,” said Dan Shufelt, CEO of Arizona Helping Hands, in a prepared statement. “They have donated more than 1,300 beds over the past three years to assist in our work, a contribution that exceeds $600,000 in value. We are so appreciative of their support and of all companies that recognize they have a responsibility to give back and help children in foster care.”
One local guardian, “Grandma Deborah,” benefited from Living Spaces’ donation to help provide a safe place for her grandkids to sleep after receiving last-minute notice of kinship placement.
“You can’t adequately prepare to have children placed in your care,” she said. “The assistance provided to me will ensure that the boys will sleep comfortably tonight.”
Kinship placements with grandparents are on the rise and present unique challenges as family members don’t receive financial help from the state.
Donations such as these go a long way for AZHH to have the ability to provide children statewide with a safe place to sleep.