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Slumberland donates beds to needy in Nobles County

WORTHINGTON -- Through its company-wide Homes for the Holidays promotion, Slumberland of Worthington has once again donated beds to families in need. In the 10 years since the holiday giveaway began, Slumberland co-owner Krista Petersen estimates they've donated nearly 200 beds.

This year, the store teamed up with Catholic Charities to find people in Nobles County most in need. On Wednesday, Cassie White, parish social ministry coordinator for the agency, joined Slumberland delivery personnel in bringing 15 beds -- 10 twin and five full-size mattresses, box springs and bed frames -- to families in Nobles County.

White worked with local churches and agencies that serve the needy to find individuals who would appreciate having beds for their family. Nearly 30 people were recommended and, after a screening process, 10 families were chosen to receive the beds.

"Generally we're looking for families -- children without beds," said Petersen.

The number of beds donated by Slumberland each year varies, based on what the business can afford to purchase.

"I know the need was greater than what we could meet this year," Petersen said, adding that the names of those who did not receive beds were forwarded on to Love INC.

"It's so important for kids to have a bed to sleep in," she said. "They get better rest and do better in school."

White said she heard many sad stories from the families she screened during the process -- from a family with seven or eight children sharing one bed in their home to other families that were sleeping on the floor.

"It's been a real blessing to get to know the families," said White. "I've heard some hard stories, it's heartbreaking."

White was tasked with calling each of the families to let them know they would be receiving the beds, and she said they are all appreciative of the donation.

"I'm sure it will be real exciting for the families," White said.

Petersen said she often receives thank-you notes from the children -- some exclaiming it's the best bed they've ever had.

"It's just nice to know we can give back to the community and help those in need," she said.

As White followed the Slumberland delivery drivers Wednesday, she had additional gifts for them -- her car was packed with bedding and pillows. Some of the items were donated from parishioners at St. Mary's, while the rest were purchased.

Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer may be reached at 376-7330.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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