Dreaming Big: Bob’s Discount Furniture and the Boston Bruins Partner for A Bed for Every Child
This holiday season A Bed for Every Child, an initiative of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, proudly partnered with Bob’s Discount Furniture and the Boston Bruins for its 250 Beds for 250 Kids by Christmas Campaign. This annual holiday campaign sets a goal to provide 250 beds by Christmas for children without their own bed. Nearly one in seven children in Massachusetts is growing up in poverty, which means many of them lack the most basic comforts and necessities. In the last five years, A Bed for Every Child has provided over 5,000 twin beds to children in need.
Bob’s Discount Furniture helped A Bed for Every Child exceed its holiday goal this year by donating 250 beds to children on the program’s waitlist. With this generous donation, A Bed for Every Child was able to double the impact of its holiday campaign, by delivering 500 beds to children throughout Massachusetts without a bed of their own.
On December 15th, staff from A Bed for Every Child, Bob’s, and the Bruins joined more than 40 children from the Lynn, Massachusetts Lincoln-Thomson Elementary School for a rink side event in Peabody. The students were able to enjoy ice skating, balloon animals, face painting and a lively Bruins DJ to help raise awareness for youth poverty in Massachusetts. The wives of Bruins players worked alongside volunteers to set up twenty of the beds Bob’s Discount Furniture donated for display on the ice.
The Director of Outreach and Public Relations at Bob’s Discount Furniture, Cathy Poulin, said, “One of our main goals as a company is to give back to the community, so we are honored to provide new beds for children in need this holiday season.” Bob’s Discount Furniture supports the communities where their stores are located by donating $2.5 million to community charities each year.
The following post is from Robyn Frost, our Executive Director, on behalf of the entire Coalition team.
January 31, 2017
It always is hard to say goodbye to anyone, but this goodbye may be one of the hardest. Lois Ferraresso, our Associate Director, is retiring today. We are all excited for the next chapter in Lois’ life, but she will be sorely missed. There is so much the Coalition needs to thank her for since joining the team in 1992. It does not feel like it has been that many years that Lois has been with the Coalition until you begin to look at what has been accomplished during her tenure.
Lois first started with the Coalition as a volunteer, then working with the Furniture Bank, then to event planner, and now as Associate Director. I have had the pleasure to work with her for 24 years and we have worked very closely on many, many projects, and it is because of her tireless efforts that this agency has grown to what it is today. I truly can say that she and I have been partners in crime on more than one occasion – although we never stole anything, we have been extreme party planners for events from Furnish the Future to the Boston Magazine Medfield design home. There are far too many more to name, never mind remember.
No matter the event, Lois brought with her the energy, skills and her extreme conscientiousness to the smallest of details, which combined to insure that every event was a huge success. Lois has held many different roles that for the most part were never on her job description – actually, I am not sure she ever did have a job description. Her most recent role working on grants management will be the one of her everlasting legacy. It is her attention to detail that has made it possible for the Coalition’s grant support from foundations and corporations to grow over the years.
There is little doubt that the time that Lois has been with the Coalition, it has grown and strengthened, making it possible for the agency to pursue its mission of helping families and individuals who are at-risk and experiencing homelessness across Massachusetts! The Coalition owes a huge amount of debt to Lois and we forever will be grateful.