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I was touched when I read this article on NPR, and wanted to share the story of Blissful Bedrooms, a nonprofit organization committed to transforming the lives of young people with disabilities, one “theme” bedroom at a time. Happy Holidays, Mei.
Every Young Person Deserves A ‘Blissful Bedroom’
Makeovers — for the body and the home — have become a staple of reality television shows. And now, for a handful of young adults in New York, they are becoming an actual reality. Blissful Bedrooms is a nonprofit organization committed to transforming the bedrooms of young people living with disabilities. They don’t have an office, or paid staff, but they do have a website, a Facebook page, and a lengthy ad on Craigslist soliciting volunteers to help with bedroom makeovers.
“It was very much a plea to help with a cause,” says Cory Mahler, who responded to that Craigslist ad. Mahler, who makes a living designing bedding for kids rooms, liked the idea of being able to use her professional skills to help disabled teens. She signed on to help design and sew a bedspread for Jesus German, an 18-year-old Yankees fan who shares a bedroom with his grandfather (a Mets fan). German wanted his redesigned room to be a shrine to his favorite baseball team, so Mahler constructed a bedspread out of Yankee T-shirts.
“We try to make sure that each room is not just a purchased something,” Mahler says. “We’ll design what it should be, and I’ll make something special for what they like.”
Read the rest of this article and check out more touching before and after photos on NPR.com here.