Ashley HomeStore in Burlington has donated 100 mattresses to children in need in Halton region, through its Hope to Dream program.
With the help of Food for Life, Ashley HomeStore connected with ArtHouse and Our Community Cares (OCC), two programs with children in need of beds, and last week delivered mattresses, box springs and bed frames for each child.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Ashley HomeStores, as a new business in the community, to showcase their commitment to serving others,” said Brenda Hajdu, Food for Life executive director.
“At Ashley HomeStore, it’s our honour and our privilege to give back to our communities, the communities where our teams, our guests and our families live, work and play,” said Bob Cotton, AHS vice-president. “We’re continuing to explore opportunities to get involved where and how we can and grow together with our new, extended family here in the GTA.”
Families supported by OCC, which is housed at ROCK, are struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads, said ROCK manager of community and youth development, Kelly Giuliani.
“They work hard for every dollar and as such, need to budget, prioritize and make tough financial decisions. Unfortunately, purchasing new beds for their kids is often something they simply can’t afford. The generosity and community mindedness of Ashley Furniture means a lot to these families.”
Working collaboratively with several agencies, including Food for Life and ROCK, ArtHouse has provided close to 255 cost-free accessible arts programs for more than 4,000 children at 22 locations in Burlington and Oakville since 2009, said Gemma Hagerman, program director, ArtHouse.
“ArtHouse is honoured to be playing a role in this wonderful gesture from Ashley HomeStore. Together, we are supporting families in our community who find pretty much everything can be a stretch.”
Although Food for Life’s mission is sourcing and distributing fresh nutritious food to those in need through community partnerships, it is always looking for initiatives that serve the community as a whole, said Food for Life program manager Donna Slater.
“This is a great fit, partnering our Hope to Dream program with the great work Food for Life does in the community,” said Terry Cowan, director of marketing for AHS. “Ashley will continue to grow in the GTA and in turn, a portion of every mattress sold will be donated back into these communities to families in need.”