Leadership Paducah Class 33 has joined efforts with Starfish Orphan Ministry to touch the lives of 1,000 local children in need by providing them with a bed to call their own. This effort is part of a group project by the class with a goal to provide 1,000 beds to local children. The class chose “Wish Upon A Star” as the theme for this class effort.
Class members were touched when they heard Laura Roberts with Starfish Orphan Ministry tell them about how in Paducah, many children do not have a bed to sleep in. On average, Starfish receives 1,200 requests for beds each year. With their current budget, they are only able to accommodate about 600 of these requests annually.
A contribution of $100 can provide one bed (bed frame, stuffed animal, mattress, pillow and bedding are included) to meet a basic need and make a difference in the life of one child in Paducah.
“Thank you for loving and helping others through difficult circumstances in their lives, like not having beds,” said Tonya K., a local mother of four children. “My family is one of them. The gentleness and open arms (at Starfish Orphan Ministry) were the most genuine feelings we have received in a while! We love all having our own bed to sleep in!"
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions for the number of people allowed to gather, the future of holding an event as part of the Leadership Paducah Class 33 project is still being determined. However, Starfish’s need for beds is still great, so fundraising efforts by the class have continued.
There are many ways to contribute to this cause. For more information or to give online, go to LeadershipPaducahProject.com, send a check c/o Leadership Paducah, Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 810, Paducah, KY 42002, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if an invoice is needed.
Leadership Paducah, coordinated by the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce, is a program to develop the leadership potential of men and women in the Paducah/McCracken County area. Through this program they become acutely aware of social and economic changes and the impact of such changes in the local community. Leadership Paducah is designed to foster an in-depth understanding of the inner-relationships and complexities of the Paducah/McCracken County area through a series of face-to-face discussions with community and state leaders.