Gathering Magazine June/July 2011

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Non.Profit Spotlight Laura Ramey

In the eight years since the founding of Sweet Sleep, the organization has been able to provide beds for over 13,000 children in Moldova, Uganda, Northern Uganda, and Haiti. They provide sturdy bunk-beds for children in orphanages, and straw mats and mattress sets for displaced refugee children in Uganda returning to their homes. Because the beds are made to fit the environment and because Sweet Sleep utilizes as many local businesses as possible for the bed production, the beds vary in cost from $50-$200. There are many ways for churches and organizations to get involved in Sweet Sleep’s mission. Their website provides resources for bed races, nickel-drives, camp-outs, and more. They have programs for children, students, college groups, and all ages. Sweet Sleep also offers the opportunity for participation in Missions Journeys to

deliver the beds to the children. When they think of orphans in the world, many people think of their need for food, clothing, or shelter, but most people do not think of the need for a good night’s sleep. Sweet Sleep is providing kids with a way to get many good nights of sleep. And sleep is an amazing thing. Check out for more information and ways to get involved.

Canon Hospice Dedicated Physicians and Staff of Canon Hospice

A Time of Celebration

Canon Hospice is making a difference in our community by providing quality end of life care to those seeking comfort and dignity while dealing with a life limiting illness. Canon’s community involvement is extended even further through the non-profit Akula Foundation. The Foundation sponsors Camp Swan, a children’s bereavement camp, The Canon Hospice Health Hour, on WIST 690AM (airs live 9-10 AM each Saturday morning), and the Grief Resource Center, a service provided to anyone who is experiencing any type of loss in their life. All foundation services are free and open to the public. For information about Canon Hospice, Camp Swan and the Canon Hospice Health Hour call 504-818-2723 ext. 3012, for the Grief Resource Center call 818-2723 ext. 3003.

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