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Save the Date May 21, 2016
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Black Tie International:
1st Annual S.M. Wright Foundation Beds for Kids Campaign

1st Annual S.M. Wright Foundation Beds for Kids Campaign
Kicks-Off Saturday, May 21



Saturday, May 21, 2016

Event begins at 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (noon)



The S.M. Wright Foundation

9213 Sovereign Row  

Dallas, Texas 75247



Families who have been previously approved arrive to pick up their bed sets. The SM Wright Foundation will also be giving families computers, kids books and toys, armoires.


Beds for Kids Campaign and Goal

In the North Texas area, too many children lack proper beds in which to sleep. Some are lucky enough to sleep on the family couch; others must sleep on the floor. To alleviate this problem, the S.M. Wright Foundation established the Beds for Kids program in early 2010. The objective of the program is to give disadvantaged children the opportunity to get a good night’s sleep by providing new twin or full bed sets.


To qualify, a family must complete an application, show proof of income and residency, provide a valid birth certificate for each child, and meet Texas Commodity Assistance Program income requirements. After the application has been processed, a foundation staff member visits the family’s residence to verify the need for a bed. Upon approval, the family can pick up the bed from the foundation’s warehouse. Approximately one month after the bed is received, the foundation staff member visits again to make sure the bed is being put to good use and to inform the family about other foundation resources.


Since its inception, the Beds for Kids program has distributed more than 6,360 bed sets to underprivileged kids in our community, but demand far exceeds the foundation’s ability to supply beds, and there is still a long waiting list of more than 4,200 kids.


For $165, donors can sponsor a new twin bed set for a child in need; for $200, sponsors can provide a full bed set for a teenager. All bed sets include a frame, box spring and mattress. Please help the S.M. Wright Foundation purchase more beds for kids in need by making a donation today.


Campaign timeline is through September 30, 2016. 
Goal for this 2016 campaign is to provide beds for all of the 4,200 children on the waiting list.


Matching Pledge:

An anonymous donor has come forward and is donating $40,000 in a matching pledge. So each $1 donated by the public is really equal to $2, up to that point.


Community Partners:

The SM Wright Foundation is so very grateful to these Community Partners for their help in referrals:

A-Z Therapy, Child Protective Services - Dallas, Tarrant and Collin County, Children’s Medical Center,  City of Dallas Housing/Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Dallas Healthy Start, Dallas Housing Authority, Dallas ISD, Desoto ISD, El Centro College / Adult Resource Center, Genesis Women Shelter, Head Start of Greater Dallas, Healing Heart Center, Home Sweet Home/The Salvation Army, Kipp Truth Elementary, Lancaster ISD, Lumin Bachman Lake Community School,Foremost Family Clinic (MLK Center), Methodist Children’s Home Outreach, Metro Care, Parkland Outpatient Clinic, Psychological Social Services and Homeless Education  Program, Rosemont Mission Trail, St. Vincent De Paul Collin County, Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, Texas Department of Health, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Well Care.


How can the public help:

Visit the website and donate money, especially during this crucial time during the campaign to help the Foundation reach its $40,000 matching pledge. So, each $1 donated by the public is really worth $2 up to that point. Donations of new linens are also welcome.


Website:  Direct link to help/give: or go on and click on “Program Services.”  



Gerard Mc Keon and Joyce Brooks.  Photo by:  Rose Billings/

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