Nearly 500 beds donated to foster children by Living Spaces

Living Spaces donated hundreds of beds to foster children of Arizona. (submitted photo)

Foster children in Arizona received nearly 500 new beds through a program sponsored by California-based Living Spaces.

The beds were delivered on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Arizona Helping Hands’ new Phoenix warehouse, 3110 E. Thunderbird Road. Arizona Helping Hands is the state’s largest provider of basic needs state-wide for children in the foster-care system, according to a press release.

“From top to bottom, Living Spaces has a philosophy of philanthropy, giving back to support victims of disasters, veterans and kids in foster care,” said Dan Shufelt, president and CEO of Phoenix-based Arizona Helping Hands, in a prepared statement.

Living Spaces has locations in Phoenix, Gilbert and Glendale. 

The first time that Living Spaces partnered with Arizona Helping Hands was in the summer of 2017 when 167 beds were donated to give children in foster care a safe place to sleep. In this new effort, Living Spaces is donating 488 new twin bed sets from their latest “Buy One, Get One Free” initiative.

This program took place earlier this year throughout all their stores, the press release stated.

One grandmother who benefited from Living Spaces’ first mattress drive says, “Giving my grandkids new beds helps me as a grandma on my limited income, and lets my kids feel better about themselves.”

Kinship placement is especially challenging for grandparents, as family members who receive such placements do not receive any state financial help.

Mr. Shufelt says donations such as this go a long way toward helping foster children. Arizona Helping Hands will distribute beds and cribs to more than 3,000 children by the end of this year.

“We operate with a 7 percent overhead and no governmental support,” Mr. Shufelt said in a prepared statement. “The support of Living Spaces is such a blessing to Arizona Helping Hands and to our ability to provide children throughout Arizona with a safe place to sleep.”

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