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I Missed Having My Own Bed!

 

 

‘I Missed Having My Own Bed!’

 

I never thought I’d take something like my bed for granted, but when I was 12, something happened that changed my perspective on everything: My family became homeless.

 

We had just made a cross-country move only to learn upon arrival that all the plans had fallen apart. We didn’t have enough money for even one bus ticket back home, and we spent that first night in the bus station.

 

All through my teen years, we usually stayed in shelters, and I often crashed at my friends’ houses — “couch surfing” at a different place every night.

 

How the Army Helped Me

 

When I was 15, I started working in the food pantry at The Salvation Army. The basketball coach at their youth center got me to come out for the team. He became a real friend and mentor, and helped me through some really tough times, especially when my mom got cancer. He helped me get my diploma and, when I was 20, he got me a basketball scholarship at a small college. When I arrived there, I was excited about my future, but the thing that thrilled me most was having a regular place to sleep every night. For the first time in eight years, I had my own bed!

 

But it wouldn’t have happened without the help of The Salvation Army, and people like you who give so generously. Thank you so much for your compassion!

 

Source: 2012 story contest.