THOMSON, GA (WFXG) - Children not having a bed to sleep in - local leaders with the YMCA and Augusta Housing Authority (AHA) told FOX 54's Jasmine Anderson it's a rampant problem throughout the country and the CSRA. The Family YMCA of Greater Augusta's program, A Place to Dream, partners with sponsors and donates free beds.
"I try to show my children. 'Do the right thing and be there for other people just as well as somebody might be there for you and it may be somebody that you don't even know'," said 28-year-old Tiffany Henderson.
Call it kismet or an act of kindness. Saturday, the things Tiffany teaches her four kids became reality. Ta'Zaria, 7, Malaysia, 6, Isiah, 5 and 3-year-old Brooke now have new beds. For Tiffany, it's a blessing.
"It means a lot that this business is giving back to the community and helping us out in need. Who ever would think that someone would give us a bed? That's something that you oddly need and some people can't just get that all the time," she explained.
Sixty-percent of kids within the Augusta Housing Authority have a sub-standard sleeping space, according to Dr. Gregory Francisco, AHA's Director of Planning and Development. He said it mostly impacts people with low income.
In those cases, those children often share a bed with a sibling, parent or a pallet on the floor. Isiah was sharing the bed with his mom.
With every delivery - worth $500 per bed - the Y makes a dent in that statistic. Saturday marked the program's 11th delivery. The goal is to donate 500 beds to children in the CSRA by the end of the year. Prior to Saturday, the Y had already donated 318 beds - thanks in part to Badcock Home Furniture.
"I was shocked that there are actually children that don't have a bed. it's something you don't think about. But there's studies that prove that if a child has a good night's sleep they do better in school," said Tammy Butler, Family Y of Greater Augusta's Vice President, Human Resources.
More than 80 volunteers from organizations in the CSRA like Mercedes, the military and ministry showed up on Pecan Avenue to assemble beds in teams. Now, nearly 40 children, from 9-months to 15 years-old, will have their own, special place to dream.