What's a bedkit?

Each *$35 donation (Canadian funds) provides a bedkit that consists of a mat or mattress, pillow, sheet, blanket, mosquito net (if applicable), clothes outfit, towel and school supplies. Bedkit contents vary from country to country depending upon local needs.

Bedkits are made in the countries where they are distributed. Locally produced bedkits result in:

  • elimination of transportation costs
  • provision of materials and labour at minimal cost
  • employment for families in the country
  • assistance to the local economy and the country as a whole

Why Bedkits?

Murray in Ottawa

Murray Dryden (pictured at left) knew how vital a few hours of comfort and sleep could be to help one forget the extremes of temperature, the hopelessness, the sickness, and the pangs of hunger.

During the Great Depression in the 1930's, while travelling East from Manitoba looking for work, he endured many nights without food or a bed. He felt that “the comfort of a bed is a basic right of every child,” and that, “There is nothing more peaceful than a sleeping child.”

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