A homeless boy from Detroit, Michigan, had his Christmas wish come true, when his family was able to move into a fully furnished home that, much to his delight, included a bed of his own.
Daeyers and his mother Dionna had been living in and out of homeless shelters after she lost her job as a trainee nurse. According to the Daily Mail, when the mother and son moved into state housing, all they had to live with were an inflatable mattress and a few chairs, meaning the eight-year-old slept on a pile of blankets on the floor.
With the help of non-profit Humble Design, an organization “helping families transitioning out of homeless shelters by providing furnishings and design services,” Daeyers and his mom were able to celebrate Christmas in a fully furnished home that included the only gift the little boy hoped to receive—his own bed.
“We were referred to Daeyers and his mother by a social worker, and our first order of business was to ask them exactly what they would like in their house to make it feel like a home,” Humble Design’s Treger Strasberg told the Daily Mail. “Seeing how much having a bed and his own room meant to Daeyers, it really made me realize what’s important in life and grateful for everything I have.”
On December 20, the Humble Design team welcomed the family home and caught the emotional house tour on video. While Daeyers was excited about every room in the house, he was brought to tears when he realized he would not just have a bed—but an entire room—to call his own.
Watch the moment below:
“He was so excited to have his own room,” Treger said, “but also so overwhelmed by what having this really means for him after all he’s been through – to have a place to stay and just be a normal kid with no worries.”
It is difficult to imagine that in 2018 there are children like Daeyers living in the United States, wishing for nothing more than a warm bed to sleep in, and as the Daily Mail reported, Humble Design helped 169 families in 2017 alone transition out of homeless and abuse shelters.
“We just want to wrap our arms around ever family that needs us,” Treger said, “And our goal is to ensure no child has to sleep on their floor.”
(H/T: Daily Mail)