Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Bedtime Bundles Gives Y an Early Christmas Present

Karen Saeks, Founder Bedtime Bundles,  Bedtime Bundles Directors, Rob Riley and Cheryl Mueller, Tiffany Homuth Past Y Board President, Allyson Richards incoming Y BoardPresident, Cindy Love. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Karen Saeks, Founder Bedtime Bundles, Bedtime Bundles Directors, Rob Riley and Cheryl Mueller, Tiffany Homuth Past Y Board President, Allyson Richards incoming Y BoardPresident, Cindy Love. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Dianna Dohm

Bedtime Bundles presented the Greater Marco Family YMCA with an $118,000 check to continue the grass roots work it began eight years ago.

On Sept. 22, Bedtime Bundles directors announced they were ceasing operation due to the sweeping changes in the federal government’s Migrant Title I Education Program. These changes along with the decrease in the school liaison portion of the program severely limited the information needed for Bedtime Bundles to support the local migrant worker families and underserved of Collier County.

In searching for a solution, Bedtime Bundles found the Greater Marco Family YMCA had a network in place through their Summer School Camp Program to continue their mission of providing food, clothing and daily necessities for living for the migrant workers and their families. Monies donated to the Y will ensure each child attending the Summer School Camp Program has breakfast, lunch and a snack, which for some children will be their only meals of the day.

Bedtime Bundles also donated all inventory of clothing, toiletries and office equipment to Friends of Foster Children.

Karen Saeks and Rob Riley with Friends of Foster Children staff members.

Karen Saeks and Rob Riley with Friends of Foster Children staff members.

Friends of Foster Children will continue to create and distribute bundles.

The Greater Marco YMCA will continue sponsoring the ever popular “Mutts and Martini’s” — Bedtime Bundles signature fund raising event — on March 18 at the Esplanade on Marco Island. Monies from this event will go to continuing the work started by Karen Saeks, founder of Bedtime Bundles.

The Y also agreed to continue Bedtime Bundles bread deliveries. Daily, volunteers rise with the sun to pick up donated groceries from the two Marco Island Publix stores and Starbucks and deliver them to the 6LFarms in East Naples. “This was one of our most important Bedtime Bundles programs. We just couldn’t let this food go to waste. I was ecstatic when Cindy Love said they would continue the program” said Karen Saeks.

“We can’t thank the Bedtime Bundles Board of Directors enough for entrusting us with their hard earned dollars. This amount of money will go a long way in continuing their mission. What a wonderful way to begin the holiday season.” said Cindy Love, CEO of the Greater Marco YMCA.

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