Single-parent family needs bedding for ‘sweet dreams’

“Touch your heart, close your eyes, make a wish, say goodnight – Sky so wide, stars so bright, off the lights, sleep so tight.” Titled “Goodnight,” and written by Philippine-born poet, Mykaela Maxino, this delightful work might have included a mention of the contribution good bedding makes for a good night’s sleep. A local Dad feeling the effects of inadequate sleep support for himself and his children turns to the Mailbag at the suggestion of a caring Salvation Army staff member.

Needs sleep sofa or futon for Dad and kids

“I received your email from Rosemarie Dykeman from the Salvation Army who requested to me to try and contact you since I am looking for donations of a pullout sleeper sofa and/or futon for my kids and I too, to sleep on in our home,” writes Thomas G. of Hudson (LTR 3,353). “I am a single dad 48, of two children ages six and eight, and I have fallen on hard times. I am a veteran. Rosemarie has helped me and my children out this week and referred me to you.  We have been sleeping on air mattresses for almost a year, and the air is beginning to cause problems from wear and tear. My work has been very slow since October 2017. We were almost evicted, but thanks to Rosemarie, she saved us. I don’t have a truck to pick up, so these would have to be delivered.  Thank you.”

Single dads are on the rise in the United States, heading a record 8 percent of American households with kids, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan American think tank based in Washington, D.C., which provides information on social issues, public opinion and demographic trends shaping the United States and the world. In 2011, there were 2.6 million households led by a single father, a nine fold increase from 1960 when the number was fewer than 300,000. Providing safe, comfortable and supportive bedding for his family is an important goal for this dad. If you can help provide this necessity, do give Thomas a call at 1-978-427-7276. Thank you to Rosemarie for the referral, and to Captains Wayne and Elizabeth Bink for all these great people to do help others. God bless! Let me know how things are working out.

Entertainment center available

“I have a wooden entertainment center, the front panel is glass,” writes Beverly P. of Nashua (LTR 99). “It is about 3-feet tall by 4-feet wide and looks good and sturdy. It will not fit in a car so it needs a truck and two men to transport. Thank you for your help.” Sounds like a nice piece of furniture to store CDs, DVDs, cassette tapes, videos, etc. If you are ‘entertaining the idea’ of contacting Beverly, she can be reached at 882-7690. Always nice to hear from this longtime Mailbag friend who’s excess plants and cuttings are ‘growing on’ in many local gardens. Thank you!

Updates

Carolyn B. of Nashua (LTR 2,575) writes: “Regarding the sleep number bed, at first it looked like it wasn’t going to move due to the task of dismantling and moving it, but at the 11th hour so to speak, it went and then the calls started to come in. We are happy that Yvonne was able to get it moved, but sad that we didn’t have more than one to offer as there seemed to be such a need. Alas, such was the case. We thank you for all the weeks and years in which you take the time to publish our needs and assists.  Please know that we truly appreciate your column and we all rush to read this column first every Sunday morning. Thank you Chris. I hope you’re keeping your finger crossed for an early spring like we are here at the Coliseum!  Winter with its fluffy white covering is so beautiful but ‘old bones’ are not appreciative of the cold that must come with the snow.”

Yes, the fluffy white covering is a beautiful sight, it’s the ice, black and invisible, that gives me a fright. Even slight melting during the day is subject to refreezing, causing potentially dangerous conditions so folks, be careful to watch your steps when stepping out!

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