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Ben's story

Bedtime in a Box was inspired by an amazing young boy named Ben. Ben loved books and was extremely interested in helping others. It was Ben's own bedtime routine that inspired Bedtime in a Box as a way to support families in creating a consistent bedtime routine. Many of the books and materials were "Ben approved," and he had strong opinions about the books and materials kids would like.

Ben was diagnosed with leukemia in February of 2016, shortly after the first bedtime boxes were provided to families. Throughout his treatment he found time to fold and pack boxes for other kids. Even when he was not feeling well enough to go to school, he assembled boxes for families that were less fortunate. Bedtime in a Box not only became a project doing good for the community, but it became a distraction from treatment.

In July of 2017 Ben passed away, leaving behind a project that served over 600 children and families. We honor Ben and his legacy through the work we do with Bedtime in a Box. He believed entirely in this project and it's potential to support thousands of families in Baltimore.

Ben will never have another bedtime, but Bedtime in a Box allows thousands of families across the city to have a brighter bedtime and a better tomorrow.