A Bedroom Worth Jumping For

Room For A Child

What do you get when you cross the Property Brothers with a Fairy Godmother? You Get Dawn Gillespie.

Dawn is a retired Toronto school principal and a reno-fairy-godmother to over 35+ families who have been touched by her organization, Room For A Child. She helps children-in-need who are sleeping in undesirable conditions, by offering free bedroom makeovers! The result is often a transformation that goes well beyond the esthetics of the room. Whether it be the impact of a clean, proper-sized bed, a dresser to get their clothes out of a cardboard box, or a new school desk, when her work is done, parents often see well-rested, happier children.

Dawn believes that a clean bedroom with a proper bed will help children sleep better. And getting enough rest is crucial to performance in school and success in life.

When she first hears about a family who might need her help through her network of teachers, school social workers and local charities, Dawn meets with the caregivers to better understand their situation and what the child/children like. During her second site visit, all of the prep work is completed – drywall repair, electrical work, priming and painting. It is during the third visit that the real transformation happens, where donated items are used to recreate the room.

Dawn always asks the caregivers to report back on how the kids are doing. It’s that feedback that gives her the energy to tackle the next bedroom. And tackle the next bedroom is just what Troop wants to help Dawn with this week.

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In pure Troop fashion, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to help out Room For A Child. Here’s how you can help:
  • Pool funds: You can pool your funds together with other Troopers to maximize your impact.  We’ll fulfill the needs and report back on your contribution’s impact.
  • Donated goods: If you’d like to donate any of your slightly used goods that are in great condition, you can register for us to pick them up below.

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Target: $480

Contributions to date: $350

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Pool funds

A good quality clean mattress is the hardest thing to come by for Dawn. She won’t put a mattress in a bedroom that she herself wouldn’t sleep on. A local mattress supplier offers Dawn discounted pricing on a single mattress of $160, including the boxspring. Dawn has three bedroom makeovers coming up in November that she doesn’t have mattresses for. So there you have it Troopers, that’s our need this week – three single mattresses, for three bedroom makeovers.

Thank you Troopers! These needs have been fulfilled.

You can check out our Impact Update here:

Donated goods

It might be the former principal coming out in Dawn, but she always aims to include a desk in every bedroom makeover. We’re accepting donated desks that are no bigger than 4 feet wide and 2 feet deep, and full-length wall-mounted mirrors. If you have any of these items laying around, we’ll happily pick them up for a bedroom reno. Pickups will take place on Thursday, October 3rd from 8.30-9.30am.

Thank you Troopers! These needs have been fulfilled.

You can check out our Impact Update here:

More Details: Room For A Child

It was during her first few months as a retired Toronto school principal that Dawn quickly realized how much she missed the school community, the kids most of all. She first thought the idea of Room For A Child would be an interesting hobby, meshing her love of children with her desire to create positive learning environments, but as the word spread, the idea morphed into a Not-For-Profit organization supported by 40+ volunteers.

Over the past 5 years, Dawn has redesigned the bedrooms of over 100 children in the Toronto, York and Durham areas. She finds the families in need through a network of principals, school social workers and settlement workers. All of the items for the renovation are donated and 100 percent of the labour comes from volunteers, spearheaded by Dawn and her husband. She has one donated storage unit in Uxbridge, Ontario and partnerships with local suppliers to top up some of the decor items and decorating needs she might have.

She finds joy in knowing that the children she helps are sleeping better because success in school is linked to a good nights rest.

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