SHELBYVILLE, Ky — Ten years ago Lynn Whittaker had a goal. By the end of 2019, she wanted, “A Place to Sleep,” to have helped 2019 children in the Shelby County area. The small but mighty non-profit helped two more than that.
The mission is simple, collect and donate new and gently used beds for children who don’t have a place to lay their heads at night.
“We started in December of 2009 so we just completed our 10th year which was a big deal,” Whittaker tells Spectrum News 1.
Mattresses and bedding are first collected from a list of sleep stores, local hospitals, and private donors. As the logistics coordinator, Whittaker keeps track of inventory and organizes deliveries. Most often she receives referrals from local schools on which area children need beds.
“10 years is a long time for a small non-profit and we will go as long as we are able to provide and there is a need,” Whittaker said.
Retired Veterinarian and Vietnam Veteran Carlen Pippen has been volunteering since the beginning.
“I have people who will drive up into my driveway and say we’ve got four grandkids and the father is in jail and we don’t know where the mother is… and we don’t have beds for these kids to sleep in can you help us?”
Pippen recalls helping one family. Pippen donates his time, truck and former fishing trailer to help deliver beds each week. “It’s wonderful. It’s great. To see their smiling faces when they get a bed, it’s all we need.”