POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - To five boys in the Pocahontas School District, Robin Lindsey is simply known as "Nana."
She also fills the role of mom, dad, grandma and grandpa, though.
"My children were everything to me and now my grandbabies are," Lindsey said.
When her daughter Sara passed away three years ago, she gained custody of her two sons.
Then, a series of events earlier this year left her helping to raise three other grandsons.
She said it's less drama than raising girls, but it still isn't easy.
"It's hard doing it all on your own," Lindsey said.
She makes sure the boys are clothed, fed and loved, but some things just aren't in her budget.
"I couldn't afford to buy all new beds when they showed up," she said. "They were sleeping on air mattresses. That was the best I could do."
Thankfully, a teacher at the Pocahontas School District found out about the situation and passed the information on to the right person.
"She very emotionally told me about a student of hers," Patty Moore said. "He came in one day and he just was all out of sorts and hadn't rested well the night before. She started questioning him about it and he told her that his air mattress wouldn't stay up during the night."
Moore serves as the school district's child nutrition director.
"I said I think we can do something about that," Moore told Region 8 News.
Moore and the rest of the cafeteria staff do more than just feed the kids at school.
"We don't toot our own horn or anything," Moore said. "They've been really quiet about what they do."
What they do is help when they can, where they can.
"Our child nutrition group has a chapter, it's called Pocahontas Chapter 1L and we have an ongoing fundraiser all year round," Moore said. "We find a child in need or a family in need and we try to help."
Moore said she emailed the chapter to see if they'd be willing to help get beds for the boys. All of the people in the group were on board.
"So we called a local furniture company just to get pricing," Moore said.
Then, another blessing happened.
The business they called, Dawson's Furniture, donated five beds for the boys.
"So we bought the frames," Moore said. "We went to Walmart bought sheets, pillows and lightweight blankets."
They installed the beds while the kids were at school. Moore said when she got back to school, she happened to run into one of the boys.
"I showed him a picture and I said, this is your room. He said, 'That's my room? That's my room?' He asked me three times," Moore said. "And I said 'yes, you have a bed!'"
Though the five beds are cramped in Lindsey's two-bedroom rent house, it's something she will be forever grateful for.
"I feel like I've been blessed by so many people here with my babies and it does leave a warm feeling in your heart," Lindsey said. "I can't ever forget those people."
Through their efforts, the Pocahontas Chapter 1L is also able to purchase meals for families during the holidays, purchase a senior ring for a boy and a girl each year and much more.
If you'd like to donate to the chapter, you can get in touch with Moore at (870) 892-4573 ext. 5030.
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