Sweet Dream In a Bag

Published on 10 November 2010 by in Positive Change

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A couple weeks ago I attended a “Friends for Others” meeting hosted by a good friend of mine.  This group meets 3 or 4 times a year for fun and friendship, but we always include a charitable agenda.

The most recent gathering was to benefit Sweet Dream In a Bag an organization that provides beautiful and functional bedding packages to displaced children.

We were asked to bring a twin size comforter and/or sheet set.  Sheet shopping is one of my absolute favorite activities, so it was already fun for me.  But I really didn’t have a clue about what was coming.

Sweet Dream in a Bag is the brainchild of Denver’s Susie Fox and Susie was there to tell us about how our bedding would be used and instruct us in assembling our Sweet Dream bags.  Not an extrovert by nature, once Susie started talking, her compassionate heart took over and the magic began.

Susie felt a strong calling to be of service to displaced children.  Remembering how her own room and bed were a sanctuary during a tumultuous childhood, she envisioned creating a Sweet Dream in a Bag containing bedding, pillow, toothbrush, a small stuffed animal and a personalized, positive bedtime story book for each child.  These items are packaged in reusable vinyl bags so the children can transport their Sweet Dreams to new quarters whenever necessary.

Susie had endless stories about the comfort and joy these gifts have brought to children in transitional housing all over Colorado.  We were touched and motivated as she guided us through the step-by-step process of folding and assembling the piles of bedding, pillows and blankets into finished, attractive packages complete with stuffed animals and coordinating ribbon.  I can’t tell you how much fun we had and how worthwhile I feel this ministry is.  It was a really great evening for my soul.

If you live anywhere near Denver, consider hosting a Sweet Dream In a Bag gathering and invite Susie to help you.  As you can imagine, word about Sweet Dream in a Bag has spread and there are hundreds of children who would love the opportunity to pick out and their very own, brand-new comforter, blanket, pillow and sheets into which they can snuggle up and feel safe.

If you’re not in Denver, consider making a contribution to the cause (there’s a PayPal button on the home page) or see how you can put a spin on Susie’s concept to bring comfort to a child who is walking through a difficult transition.  The website is www.sweetdreaminabag.org.

Yours in Positive Change,

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