30 La Crosse-area kids receive new beds through donations from Ashley Furniture

Donations are part of the company's Hope to Dream program

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Surprises can lead to some of the most amazing moments for people.

Wednesday night, 30 local kids made memories they will remember for a long time.

It was a fun night already with games of bags, mini golf and, of course, a bouncy house.

“I was going inside the bouncy house, and shooting some hoops,” Chance Bernau said.

But the excitement was just beginning for Chance.

“Yes, I was very happy,” he said.

Because as he walked into the gym with lots of cheers from the UW-La Crosse men’s basketball team, he had a new bed waiting for him.

“It’s very comfy,” Chance said.

It was his first bed just for himself.

“Pretty cool,” Chance said.

Before Wednesday night, Chance shared a bed with his grandma, Margaret Rohrer.

And now, Chance will get to sleep all by himself.

“I’m very happy for you,” Rohrer said.

“And I’m very happy for everybody,” Chance said.

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Thirty La Crosse area kids received new beds as part of Ashley Furniture’s Hope to Dream program. Each bed came with a teddy bear.

Chance and 29 other local children all got new beds, thanks to donations from Ashley Furniture, headquartered in Arcadia, Wis.

It’s a part of the company’s Hope to Dream program, which provides beds to children in need.

The Boys & Girls Club is helping supply the beds to the kids.

“Having a good night’s rest is very, very important,” said Teigen Meiners, community engagement coordinator for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse.

A lot of the families who signed up for the giveaway said their children don’t have beds or are sharing them, Meiners said.

“So we want to make sure that we are doing our best to meet that basic need of sleep, because it’s vital for our kids in our community,” Meiners said.

A surprise gift that made Chance’s day what he says the best one ever.

“The best thing of what I ever saw,” Chance said.

The event is Ashley’s first bed donation event in the La Crosse area.

Meiners says the beds are compactable. Volunteers helped break down and load the beds into the families’ cars before they went home.

A portion of every mattress Ashley Furniture sells goes to the Hope to Dream program.

Since the program started 11 years ago, more than 125,000 children in the U.S. and Canada have received new beds.

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