By Megan Weisser, OHAAT’s Program Coordinator.
On June 16 – 17, we participated in another Sleepover and Bed Giveaway sponsored by Core States Group and hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia. The first event was held in March at the Northeast Frankford Boys & Girls Club, and this one was held at the Wissahickon Club in Germantown. For each event, OHAAT provided beds for 25 kids ages 6 through 14.
While the kids were arriving for the sleepover, I spoke with one of the moms, Jackie. “I had a sleepover here when I was a kid, but we didn’t get beds,” she said. “I don’t know who’s more excited, me or the kids! To know that someone in the community cares about us…that’s the best part.”
Every kid received a complete bed with bedding and bedtime items, including books, a toothbrush, and a stuffed animal. Volunteers from Core States Group set up the beds before the kids arrived, and then helped deliver them to the kids’ homes the next morning.
The sleepover itself involved food, activities, a movie, and special guest appearance by Eagles player, Alshon Jeffery!
A huge thank you to Core States Group for sponsoring the event and to the Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia for hosting!