Big family sleeps easier thanks to gift (w/video)

Regina Campbell’s great-grandchildren, Ak’vion Blanton, left; Gamani Goldsmith, right; and her goddaughter Ava Abrego, middle, play on the new beds that were donated to the family by Ashley Furniture HomeStore. The family received three new beds for the children through the store’s “A Hope to Dream” program.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore and other local businesses are donating 50 Sealy mattresses, metal bases, sheets, comforter sets and pillows to children in need in the community at the “A Hope to Dream” event at First English Lutheran Church 6-8 p.m. July 31.

This year marks the sixth anniversary of the event. Ben and Paige Streiff, owners of Ashley HomeStore in Victoria and Corpus Christi, have donated more than 500 beds at both locations.

“We have been made aware of how many children in our community do not have the basic necessity of a comfortable place to lay their heads that is their own and that can provide them a restful sleep,” said Paige Streiff. “We had to do something to help.”

In the church gymnasium, the 50 beds will be made up and set up for the surprise presentation, and each will feature the name of the child taking it home. Atop each bed will sit a backpack donated by DeTar Hospital Navarro filled with back-to-school supplies. Businesses and families donate the supplies, and some of them show up with trailers to help transport the mattresses for the families who have no way of getting them home. Members of the Victoria Generals baseball team will sign baseballs, distribute free game tickets and play with the children.

CASA representatives nominate the children who they know do not have beds of their own, and therefore, sleep on the floor, couches or crowded beds, among other uncomfortable places. So far this year, the youngest child nominated for a bed is age 2 and the oldest is a teenager.

Businesses making the donations are Victoria Communications Services, the comforter sets; Post Acute Medical, the sheets; Victoria Generals baseballs, tickets and pillowcases screenprinted with “A Hope to Dream” and the Ashley HomeStore logo; First English Lutheran Church, venue; and Ashley HomeStore, the mattresses and bed frames, among other donations by local organizations and families.

For every mattress purchased at Ashley HomeStore throughout the year, a portion of the proceeds is donated to help fund the “A Hope to Dream” program.

“As a mother of two young children, I witness firsthand what having a proper bed of their own and having a quality night’s sleep can do for these developmental years,” Paige Streiff said. “Obtaining a great night sleep promotes a healthy lifestyle and an excellent way to start everyone’s day.”

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Elena Anita Watts covers arts, culture and entertainment for the Victoria Advocate. 

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