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    Making our beds

    Day 232

    Mattresses, and sheets, and pillows…oh my!

    A nap in the sun can be glorious, to be sure. But a bed of grass is not where we want to spend most of our sleeping hours. We want a soft place to rest our heads, and covers to keep us warm. So, on Day 232, we got busy making our beds.

    Yesterday, we delivered new beds to the camp in Nairobi, Kenya where refugee youth are training for the Olympics and other big international competitions. Many of the athletes had been sharing beds.

    Finding blankets and mattresses was easy, but the sheets presented a bit of a challenge. We had been asked to purchase bedding that matched all the other sheets at camp. But try as we might, we couldn’t find the match. Instead, we picked up some dark blue sheets with the same pattern and headed back to put the finishing touches to the beds.

    Rather than returning to disappointment, we found some of the male athletes really excited about the darker sheets. “These have gotta be for the guys,” one of them told us. “We can sleep on them for a month without washing and still no one can tell if they’re dirty or not.”

    While the guys doing their laundry less often might not be the best, we do think we made a positive impact. These young people are competing in the World Championships, the Asian Games and other big races. We hope that the new beds and now the new mattresses and bedding will help everyone wake up more motivated and ready to do their best.

    Another change made possible by Atomic Data.

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