When a local family needed help to buy a specially made bed for their son, the Kamloops community showed its generosity and helped to raise more than $5,000.
Kaiden Ling, now 8, suffered a loss of oxygen at birth and sustained significant brain damage. He has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and autism. Kaiden wanders at night, has a high pain tolerance and is non-verbal. He requires 24-hour care.
A Safety Sleeper enclosed medical safety bed prevents him from wandering at night, but his bed broke earlier this year.
Mom Kloee Davies said she didn’t know what they would do until the Kappa Beta Gamma sorority stepped up to help.
“They needed so many events per year for fundraising to meet their goals, so they were wanting to take it on,” Davie said.
The sorority helped put together a hot dog sale at Save-On-Foods in Sahali, with the store donating supplies for the sale. That fundraiser brought in $1,300 for the family over four hours and Davies said she was amazed by the generosity she witnessed.
“We had people coming in before the hot dogs were even cooking,” she said.
“This one guy came in and handed us $100.”
Additional funds came through an online campaign and via the CKNW Kids’ Fund.
In the end, the family was able to quickly purchase a replacement bed for Kaiden.
And, according to Davies, it is a bit of an upgrade, featuring two doors, better frame pads, an extra sheet, a new mattress and holes in the bed cover that allow for charging cables to reach Kaiden’s iPad.
“It’s a huge upgrade,” she said.
Davies is grateful to everyone who helped the family reach the $5,000 total needed for Kaiden’s bed, but she’s not surprised by the outpouring of generosity.
“People want to give,” she explained.
“I think if given the chance, and a good reason to, that they want to.”