“Is it OK if I pray for a bed for Christmas?” – #OurVillagesFamily
In 2016, The Villages will introduce you to some of our amazing families, children and staff. Their personal stories will provide a glimpse into the daily lives of Indiana’s most vulnerable children. We are calling this series Our Villages Family because that is what each person who comes to us becomes…family.
“My 12-year-old granddaughter, who I am raising, asked me, ‘Is it ok if I pray for a bed for Christmas?’ I said of course it is, because for years she had been sleeping on a toddler bed that was way too small for her. We finally thought we had a bed for her, so we got rid of that little bed since we were getting a new one. Then we didn’t end up getting it, so she’s been sleeping on the floor ever since. That’s all she wanted for Christmas was a bed. You see, a bed means so much to a 12-year-old girl…it means sleepovers and a place to lay to just be by yourself. It’s been a rough year for us. My son passed away from a heroin overdose and my daughter, her mother, is facing many years in prison due to drugs. It’s hard to put gas in our car let alone buy a bed. The Villages told us a company called BKD wanted to sponsor my family for Christmas! You should have seen her eyes light up when the BKD employees brought in a brand new bed as her Christmas present. She said to me, “Grandma those people are my heroes.” I told her that it was God using those people as an instrument to show us people really do care. I don’t think she’s left the bed since she got it…except to go to school.