The Issue: Sick Children Without the Comforts of Home
Children who are facing life-threatening illnesses can spend a large portion of their time in and out of hospitals. And when they do come home, they often spend much of their days recuperating in bed, so it is important that their bedroom be a clean, comforting place where they can find sanctuary.
The Campaign: Providing Bed and Bedding for a Child
If 40 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Special Spaces Albuquerque can provide one bed with a mattress, blanket, sheets, and a pillow for one child who is facing a life-threatening illness. The bed and bedding will fit within the larger scheme of a total room makeover based on the child’s individual personality, needs, and interests. Every additional $400 raised will provide another bed and bedding set for another child.
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Jennifer Swain, a mother of nine, founded Special Spaces on the belief that children facing life-threatening illnesses deserve their own personalized space where they can go to relax. In 2011, Jan DeMaggio, director of Special Spaces Albuquerque, organized a local chapter in New Mexico. Jan and her team of volunteers interview children to discover their interests and favorite colors before recreating their bedrooms from the ground up in a one-day makeover. Often, the team will make adjustments for wheelchairs and other medical needs to ensure the space is safe as well as beautiful. Since its inception, Special Spaces has created more than 90 bedrooms in 10 states, and has garnered national attention with a feature on ABC’s Secret Millionaire and as one of Fresh Home Ideas’ 2011 Build a Better Home winners.