Once homeless, Jeremy now helps other kids who are sleeping on the floor. The manager of American Mattress on Rte 12 in Lake Zurich wasn’t shy about sharing his struggles. “I was homeless when I was 8 years old,” he told Love INC recently. Jeremy and others from the store are no stranger to hard times.
That’s why when one of our volunteers went in to ask what happens to the mattresses they “haul away” when they deliver new beds to people, Jeremy was very open to the idea of giving some of them to Love INC. When we told him about the enormous number of kids who sleep on the floor every night, he immediately wanted to be part of the solution. Jeremy first arranged for Love INC to send a volunteer to the place where they keep mattresses that will soon be discarded, to choose some of the best mattresses for donation to families in need. And now, they have switched to giving us only brand new mattresses!
I'm pretty sure Dominic Baldacci is the youngest volunteer we've mobilized so far. Dominic is the grandson of Pastor Craig Baldacci, a great friend of Love INC Lake County SW. Dominic won the bike he's pictured with at a picnic recently. His mom Andrea and his Grandma Marmie asked him if, since he already had a bike, he might want to give the bike to another kid who didn't have one. He liked the idea just fine, and asked his Grandpa Craig to help him find a child with a need.