The stress of living in poverty can take a toll on young children. They see the world in a different light as they watch their single parent or parents struggle to make ends meet.
An 8-year-old boy from Detroit, Michigan was overwhelmed with emotions when surprised with a new bedroom, proving that it's really the simplest things that make a difference in one's life.
Children raised in poverty must come to grips with the fact that their parents won't have the money to pay for anything considered a luxury. Their lives consists of two main worries: where they're going to eat, and where they're going to sleep.
The contents of each of those don't matter, only that they survive to see the next day.
For Daeyrs, he spent the majority of his life moving between homeless shelters after his mother, Dionna, lost her job and their house.
He spent several years bundling up as much as he could on the cold ground, but then something incredible happened...
Dionna, who is now a trainee nurse, was finally given state housing, but the only problem was that she couldn't afford to properly furnish her new home.
All she had were two camp chairs and a blow-up mattress, which left Daeyrs sleeping on a heap of blankets on the floor.
During these hard times, he dreamed of one day owning a bed of his own.
Then, one day that dream came true.
Treger Strasberg and her charity organization, Humble Design, were told by a social worker that this family of two needs a little help.
"Our first order of business was to ask them exactly what they would like in their house to make it feel like a home," Treger said.
Treger wanted to make sure Dionna and her son could call their place home.
"He was so excited to have his own room, but also so overwhelmed by what having this really means for him after all he's been through – to have a place to stay and just be a normal kid with no worries."
On December 20, when Dionna and Daeyrs stepped in their new living room, their mouths hung open as they took in all the changes. The bare room was adorned with beautiful furniture!
As they made their way upstairs, Daeyrs was told to cover his eyes before walking into his remodeled room.
The boy was shocked at first, then burst into tears, as he looked at his first-ever bed, surrounded by books, toys, tables, chairs, and cushions.
Watch the heartfelt video below!
"Seeing how much having a bed and his own room meant to Daeyrs, it really made me realize what's important in life and grateful for everything I have," Treger said. "We just want to wrap our arms around ever family that needs us, and our goal is to ensure no child has to sleep on their floor."
[Source: The Sun]