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Description automatically generatedBreakaway Gaming located at 655 Crawford Avenue, Windsor, Ontario.  On Thursday, February 1st, our club presented a donation to Sleep in Heavenly Peace.  Here in the picture is Lion Joyce Mahovlich, Club Secretary, Jeff Mailloux, Sleep in Heavenly Peace Director and Lion President Tom Trotechaud.

The organization’s efforts are a 100% volunteer based and donation-based charity.  SHP is a registered Canadian Charity on a mission to end the international problem of “Child Bedlessness.”  Their research shows that between 2% to 3% of all children do not sleep in their own bed.  In the Windsor Essex County, there are 195,000 children and out of that population at least 1,900 children are bed less in our community.  This organization believes that with food, shelter and clothing being the three necessities of life, a bed falls into the category of shelter as a basic need for the proper physical, emotional and mental support of a child and sleep it helps them prepare to take on the challenges of each day.  Since July 2021, the group has built 482 beds and delivered almost all of them which means that same amount of children are no longer sleeping on the floor. With the value of a delivered bed is $450 (includes bed frame, mattress, sheet set, pillow and comforter) that equates to an investment of $193,500 of beds into needy homes within Essex County.  The organization is the only one in the Province of Ontario so far.  They have received requests from Chatham, Ontario but have not been able to supply the necessary beds.  The single beds are built for children between the ages of 2 to 17.  The Windsor chapter is hopeful that other communities in Ontario will contact them so they can start a group in their area.

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