April 12, 2024

50 Beds for 50 Years

Community support
Young Caucasian girl smiles as she hugs a stuffed toy in a white bed
Join Manitoba Blue Cross in helping local children find comfort

Sadly, many children in our community are forced to sleep on couches, blankets or even the floor, which can have detrimental effects on their physical and mental health. In honour of our 50th anniversary, we’re partnering with the non-profit Sleep in Heavenly Peace to build 50 beds for local children in need.

"As we celebrate this significant milestone of 50 years, we're reminded of our roots and our commitment from the beginning – to support the health and wellness of Manitobans,” says Benjamin Graham, president of Manitoba Blue Cross. “A good night’s sleep is a simple thing that many take for granted – these beds will have a profound impact on not just the physical well-being, but also the mental well-being of children in our community."

How you can help

Manitoba Blue Cross employees will construct 50 twin-sized beds for local children, but we’re asking Manitobans to join us in making a real impact in our community. To help dress the beds, Manitoba Blue Cross is holding a bedding drive, asking Manitobans to contribute new, twin-size bedding items, including comforters, sheet sets, blankets and pillows. Donations can be dropped off by June 18 at Manitoba Blue Cross, 599 Empress Street in Winnipeg, weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Online donations to directly purchase bedding can be made here.

"All children deserve a safe, comfortable bed of their own. We are grateful for the support of Manitoba Blue Cross and the community in brightening the lives of many children. No kid sleeps on the floor in our town!” says Jim Thiessen, local chapter president of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, which builds, assembles and delivers beds to children in need.

At Manitoba Blue Cross, we believe in the power of community to enact change. Join us in this meaningful effort to ensure local children have a safe, comfortable place at night to rest their head.

“50 Beds for 50 Years is not just a celebration of our past, but a forward-looking commitment to the well-being of our community's future,” says Graham. “Together, we can foster a healthier, happier future for these children and their families and all Manitobans.”

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