YMCA volunteers deliver 126 beds to kids, families this Christmas
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
A basic necessity turned into a pretty big Christmas gift.
The YMCA, along with other groups, dropped off beds to kids and families in the Oklahoma Housing Authority neighborhoods.
Dressed in purple, 35 volunteers braved the cold, going door to door, delivering 126 beds.
“About two years ago we learned that there was a large community in need here, Oak Grove, to where there were kids sleeping on the floor. Didn't have beds to sleep on,” said YMCA, Greater Oklahoma City Board of Directors, Justin Brown.
The YMCA of greater Oklahoma City's Sleep to Success Program provides a bed frame, box springs, mattresses, pillows and sheet sets. This program started two years ago and they've delivered a total of 637 beds since then.
“You're going around in this community and just getting to have that experience with other individuals that are interested in helping giving back to the community,” said volunteer, Kim Schmidt.
Some delivered beds to an empty home, where others were welcomed with open arms.
“That's a great surprise because I didn't think I would get that for this time. I was looking for a mattress for my son and for my house,” said mother, Catalina Serrano.
Serrano told FOX 25 if it wasn't for these volunteers, she would have had to make a hard choice this Christmas.
“I have four kids and sometimes that's too hard to buy toys or something for the house,” Serrano said. “And today that's a great help to me because I want to choose good toys or games for my kids this Christmas.”
Now, her Christmas will be a little bit brighter thanks to some of Santa’s helpers.
“Thank you. Thank you for this Christmas,” said Serrano.
Volunteers also dropped off beds in the Ambassador Courts neighborhood and Sooner Haven.
YMCA worked in conjunction with Mathis Brothers Furniture, Lady Americana and Hiawatha Companies.