Beds for Dina and Benjamin’s Children
Benjamin, 50, is too sick to work. He has liver and kidney problems, a ruptured disk, and on-going psychiatric problems (including several suicide attempts); recently the doctor found a tumor on his liver, for which he is about to begin weekly treatments.
His wife, Dina, 48, used to be a music therapist, but had to stop working in order to take care of Benjamin and their six children (ages 24 – 9). The family has little money. They live in a public housing unit with two small bedrooms. The youngest three children (15, 12, and nine) share a room that is too small for three separate beds.
What they need is one that they can fold out at night, then shut during the day in order to make space in the room. Currently one is sleeping on an old, broken bed, while the other two just have mattresses on the floor. Dina and Benjamin understand the importance of a good night’s sleep, which the three are not getting, but have no way to cover the cost of the foldout bed that they need.