Christmas came a little early for 10 youth in our community thanks to the Statesboro Family YMCA and local businesses, non-profit agencies and volunteers.

Each night in our community, there are children sleeping on floors, couches, chairs or sharing beds with multiple family members. The Statesboro Family YMCA believes that all kids deserve a space to call their own and a place to dream.

Because of this belief they launched the “A place to dream” in February, 2021. The program has worked successfully in other markets served by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia, which is the umbrella organization for the Statesboro Family YMCA.

On Saturday, December 18, 2021 they delivered their first 10 beds to children that were in need of a bed of their own.

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A Place to Dream volunteers Credit: Felicia Willis-Washington


 A safe place to sleep and dream is instrumental in the well being and development of a child. “A Place to Dream” is working to ensure local children have their own space to sleep and dream.

“A Place to Dream” is a bed donation program bringing new beds including bed frame, mattress, bedding, snack bag, a bible, a book, a stuffed animal and more to Bulloch households in need.

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Bed delivered and set up for a Bulloch youth on Saturday Credit: Felicia Willis-Washington

It is a partnership between the Statesboro Family YMCA, Emergency Training, LLC, L.A. Waters Furniture and local non-profit agencies.

All funds raised in support of this project go directly to the purchase of materials and
supplies for the program.

Todays bed placements was made possible thanks to donations from organizations, churches, clubs, businesses, and individuals that stepped up to help make this program possible.

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Statesboro Family YMCA volunteers Credit: Felicia Willis-Washington

Currentley the committee has raised enough money for about thirty more beds.

They have pledged to continue until every child in Bulloch County has a bed of their own.

You can contribute now to help sponsor a bed for another child in our community by clicking here. On the drop down menu select “A Place to Dream” and make a note to direct your contribution to the Bulloch County program.

You can also drop a contribution off at the Statesboro Family YMCA located at 409 Claiborne Avenue in Statesboro.

Now this is GRICE GOOD! Thank you Statesboro YMCA and everyone who made this possible. Together we all make a small difference.

Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...