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The Suite Dreams Project

A charity organization in Michigan is helping to create custom bedrooms for children with special needs. The non-profit group, “The Suite Dreams Project,” is dedicated to constructing unique bedroom environments that provide a space for healing, enjoyment and sleep.

Kay Ponicall and Kris Appleby spearhead the project. Ponicall and Appleby work with parents and children to help boost the quality of life for the entire family. They start with the child’s ideal bedroom and then work out from there. They add elements that make the physical work easier for the parents and make the room pretty and practical for the child.

“Many of [the children] are spending most of their time in their bedrooms and in their own beds so it’s not just their refuge,” said Ponicall. “It is really where they spend most of their time.”

Recipients of the bedroom makeovers are referred by hospitals, social workers and physical therapists in the area.

Local business owners and volunteers, many who have been active with the organization since its conception in 2001, aid the charity.

If you would like to offer your time or resources to help children with special needs in Vancouver, please contact the Variety Club Children’s Charity.

Other organizations that help children in our city:

Kids Up Front

  • Helps underprivileged kids attend events that they may not have the opportunity to see normally.

Ronald McDonald House

  • Provides accommodation for seriously ill children and their families.

Covenant House

  • Helps street youth find sanitary.

The Ultimate Waterslide

This past weekend Salt Lake City residents were treated with a summer gift: a 1,000-foot long slip-and-slide down the city’s Main Street. The massive slide was a huge hit and was accompanied by live music, food trucks and street performers.

Now the organizers are looking at different cities around North America to bring their summer event to. And guess what, Vancouver is on the list!

The event is  pay-to-ride, with single tickets running around $15 and triple slides at a discounted rate of $25. For an extra $10 ($35 total), sliders can buy an unlimited access pass. The organizers also offer a $45 VIP experience with extended sliding hours, lunch included and various sliding swag.

The organizers in Salt Lake donated the proceeds to Ronald McDonald House and the Utah Aids Foundation.

The big question is which street in Vancouver would be best for a 1,000-foot water slide? We’re thinking Alberni downtown, or maybe an extreme version on Oak Street, right next to Vancouver’s favourite mattress store, Simmons Mattress Gallery.

And don’t worry; the slide is mounted on a layer of foam. Maybe not as comfortable as the memory foam found inside in a Simmons Beautyrest, but enough so you won’t rip up your belly on the pavement.

Tell us where you think the slide should go with the hashtag #VanSlide.

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