Sleepy’s really is “making the world a better place to sleep”.
On the night of Thursday November 21, David Acker, Sleepy’s CEO & President, and Adam Blank, Sleepy’s COO, participated in the annual Covenant House Executive Sleep Out. The executives put themselves in the shoes of homeless youth and slept on the streets of NYC. With little more than the clothes on their back, a sleeping bag, and a piece of cardboard to lie on, they camped out overnight in solidarity as 300 youth slept safely inside the walls of the Covenant House.
After an inspiring candlelight vigil in Times Square, all of the executives marched back to Covenant House to sit down with some of the youth whose lives have been impacted by the help of Covenant House. Hearing their stories and listening to their experiences was inspiring and overwhelming. These young adults have experienced more in their short lives than any child should ever have to bear.
Sleepy’s executives were two of the over 180 executives that called the streets of New York City home for the night. Thanks to the generous donations of friends, family, and colleagues, the Sleepy’s team was able to raise enough money to equip 10 children with the education they need to seek their first job.
After reflecting on the night’s events, David Acker commented on his Sleep Out experience:
“An inspiring experience to meet and understand what these young adults have and have not experienced in their lives. So many have experienced abuse and lack proper parental guidance and support, while not living with the feeling of the possibility for a well-rounded life. Teenagers and young adults, homeless and sleeping on the streets for extended periods of time. You know that’s not right. I’m so thankful to be able to help. Adam and I are proud to represent our company at this event as we look forward to continuing efforts to contribute to Covenant House.”
Sleepy’s is proud to have two leaders who want to make the world a better place to sleep, for everyone. To learn more about the Covenant House, or to find out how you can help, visit www.covenanthouse.org.
Contributor: Elizabeth Murphy