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Rotary Club of Maple Grove Builds a Better Night's Sleep for Local Children

Jan 20, 2018 08:54AM ● By Wendy Erlien

The Rotary Club of Maple Grove bed builders include front row (left to right): Bruce Treichler, Doug Galka, Diane Rose of the Maple Grove Quilters, Mary Helen Bosquez, Judy Johnson and John Duffy. Back row (left to right) Tom Anderson, Conrad Grev, Eric Werner, Tim Zastoupil, Jim Betzold, Jeff Lenz and Steve Plant.

To help provide beds for local children and families in need, the Rotary Club of Maple Grove has been building 20 beds to deliver to CROSS Services 

The Maple Grove Quilters are providing original hand-made quilts to go with every bed. 

Each summer, the Maple Grove Rotary Bed Race is held during Maple Grove Days. Funds raised, along with a grant from Rotary District 5950, are used to help build the beds - complete with mattresses, mattress covers, sheet sets, blankets and pillows. Books, including coloring books and teddy bears made by Rotary member Judy Johnson, are delivered on top of the beds. 

“When the Maple Grove Quilters were asked to make quilts for the Rotary Club beds, we were delighted to pitch in,” Maple Grove Quilters member Peg Lindberg said. “Each quilt is uniquely made by one or more of our members to provide warmth, comfort, and vibrant color for a special child. We are thrilled to know our quilts, along with their new beds, will help children define their unique, comfortable personal spaces within their homes.” 

Local families in need are identified by CROSS Services. The beds are delivered and assembled by Maple Grove Rotarians and Quilters. 

“It’s been a privilege to make and deliver these beds to needy children,” Maple Grove Rotarian Jim Betzold said, “Our reward comes when we get a hug and thank you from the family and smiles from the children’s faces.”

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