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Beds For Kids Fund

Established 2014

Danny and Barbara Sergi (and Romeo)

Dear Friends,

Hello and thank you for visiting our Beds for Kids Fund website. We are so grateful to be able to share with you our hopes and dreams to help God’s children in some small way.

The Beds for Kids Fund’s mission is to support families, single or first-time mothers and fathers in their transition, such as, from homelessness to independence. We have been blessed to serve many of God’s children and ensure that they have a warm and comfortable place to lay their heads at night.

We provide each child, between the ages of newborn to young adulthood, with a crib or bed, frame, box spring, mattress, set of sheets, blanket, and pillow.

We know that our directive from God is to help these precious children. We feel blessed and fortunate to be able to make a difference in the lives of these young families.

Why did we start the Beds for Kids Fund? My wife, Barbara, and I started this fund over twenty years ago. We learned that there are many babies being born who have no crib to sleep in and children oftentimes sadly, sleeping on wooden pallets or on the floor. If there is a bed, many times there are two to three children sharing the same small bed.

Our Fund works with nonprofit, 501c3, organizations. Grants are provided to these nonprofit organizations, so they may purchase the beds or cribs, arrange deliver and install for the recipient. Our Fund is administered by the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, Aurora, Illinois.

How does a nonprofit request a crib or bed? A nonprofit organization can submit a request for a crib/bed by simply clicking on this link and completing the Beds for Kids Fund Application. Applications are immediately received by the Beds of Kids Fund and the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, for review and approval. It generally takes a couple of weeks for a response.

Please consider supporting the Beds for Kids Fund, so that hopefully, one day, every child will have a warm crib or bed to rest their head.

 

God Bless You,

Danny and Barb Sergi


If you are an agency representative serving children who are in need of beds, you can apply here for the Beds for Kids program.  Please see the guidelines below for additional information about the program. 

Application

The information, and photos if possible, you provide on this form are very important to Beds for Kids. It supports and helps us to know how we are positively impacting the recipients of beds/cribs and to assist us to further the advancement of Beds for Kids as we reach out to others in need.

Positive Feedback

If you have questions about the program after reading the following guidelines, you can contact a program representative by clicking here.

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Guidelines for Beds for Kids:
  • Beds for Kids will provide funding to 501c3 organizations only, not individuals.
  • Beds for Kids provides beds for kids only, ages 0 -18 years, not adults.
  • Beds for Kids provides funding for the organization to purchase a twin bed or crib per child, which includes the frame, boxspring, mattress, sheets, blanket, and pillow.  
  • Organizations are responsible for ordering, delivering and making sure that the families receive the bed.
  • Organizations apply for the program by completing an online application found on our website.
  • Questions about the program can be submitted through an online form located on the website.

Beds For Kids Success Stories

 

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Read a Thank You Letter from Facing Forward to End Homelessness

Read a Thank You Letter from Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter

Read a Thank You Letter from CHIP IN Batavia / the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence

Read a Thank You Letter from Facing Forward to End Homelessness

Read a Thank You Letter from TriCity Family Services

Read a Thank You Letter from Facing Forward to End Homelessness

“A woman’s baby daughter was able to return home to her mom and brother only because the crib was provided. Mom is now working and able to provide for her children.”

“This family consists of a young couple who have both been homeless since their teens and their daughter. Through your assistance we were able to provide a toddler bed for the daughter when the family obtained stable housing.”

“This donation provided a bed for high school senior who is an A/B student involved in mentoring and basketball.”

“This donation provided a crib for a newborn and bed to allow 4 & 8 year old to sleep separately. The family said, ‘We feel really loved and appreciated to know someone cares and shows support to us and keeping us together is a blessing and bond that can’t be broken. So thank you for all the help and support you give to our family.'”

“We were able to provide beds for two young boys as so that they have an appropriate place to sleep as they are growing. “

“The day after mom left a domestic violence shelter and moved into her new apartment, her four young children (who had been living with family) were able to join her. This was made possible by the beds that were delivered that day. Mom and kids were able to be in their own place and celebrate Christmas together.”

“Tonight’s delivery was very special.  A father and his three children (twin 8 year old boys and a 5 year old daughter) moved into their new home only hours before we arrived.  They said ‘thank you’ more times than we can remember. When the kids laid on their new beds, it seemed like their first beds they ever had…. we believe they were.”

-Marty Ovens, Knox Presbyterian Church

“Thank you for the new cribs, mattresses, crib sheets, and crib blankets that you donated to Lifespring. My daughter Gabby and I have been at Lifespring for 3 months, and we are so thankful to have a safe and comfortable place to start a new chapter of our lives.” – Veronica, Lifespring Center, a division of Wayside Cross Ministries

Corbella Clinic PATIENT #1: My heart continues to thank you and be grateful for the wonderful present you have given us; it will be beneficial to Mia. thank you for being my angel.Corbella Clinic PATIENT #2: I am really grateful for everything. Thank you for the crib, my baby has a safe place to sleep!

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

Being a part of the Community Foundation scholarship committee is the highlight of my year. For many, a scholarship from the Community Foundation is the reason they are able to continue reaching for their dreams and changing the future of our world. I hope each recipient knows just how inspirational they are to those of us who are lucky enough to read their stories.

Jessica Breugelmans

Board Member & Scholarship Committee Member

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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