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Monday, September 11, 2006

Sleeping Children Around the World

Her Bad Mother put out the call for bloggers to give a shout out for their favourite causes.

I’d like to tell you about Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW). Founded in 1970 by Margaret and Murray Dryden, SCAW raises funds to provide bed kits to needy children in undeveloped and developing countries.

Murray Dryden believed “the comfort of a bed is a basic right of every child,” and that, “there is nothing more peaceful than a sleeping child.” He endured many nights without food or a bed during the Great Depression in the 1930's, while travelling East from Manitoba looking for work.

Since its founding, SCAW has raised over $17 million to provide bed kits for over 700,000 children in 31 countries. Each recipient child is photographed with their bed kit and the photo is sent to the donor.

How can you help?

You can donate a bed kit--a $30 donation provides a bed kit that consists of a mat or mattress, pillow, sheet, blanket, mosquito net (if applicable), clothes outfit, towel and school supplies (contents vary from country to country depending upon local needs). The kits are made in the countries where they are distributed.

There is zero overhead—the organization is entirely volunteer driven and 100% of bed kit donations reach a needy child.

You can reach SCAW by phone at phone at 1-866-321-1841 or online here.

Please give their site a visit and help support a worthy cause.

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8 Comments:

Blogger crazymumma said...

This sounds like a great cause. I will go check it out. So much need. So sad.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

It's so sad to think about children not having everything they need to be comfortable. This sounds like a great cause.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Haley-O said...

Such a great cause. Thank you for sharing it.

6:26 PM  
Blogger sunshine scribe said...

This is a wonderful cause. I have donated to them before. Thanks for sharing it.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

We like "The Invisable Children". I don't know if you've ever heard of them, but you should go to the web site and watch the video. It's heart wrenching.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous something blue said...

I'm so glad to discover this amazing charity. So worthwhile! I find the fact that there is zero overhead wonderfully refreshing.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Mary-LUE said...

Wow! I have never heard of this organization. It is so sad how something as simple as a bed kit can really make a difference. I also like that this is so doable. $30 bucks is a very reasonable donation.

I'm going to bookmark this page for our Christmas donation. We always do extra things, in addition to two children through CCF, at Christmas time. This will be just perfect.

5:31 PM  
Blogger mo-wo said...

I used to volunteer at a woman's centre on the downtown eastside. When I would return home to shower off and crawl into bed I felt a full flush of privildge as few of the folks I had seen that night would have the same.

To do this for kids worldwide, wonderful. Maybe my Christmas shopping is all done thanks to your promo of this.

4:31 AM  

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