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Beds delivered to children affected by floods

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Eleven children whose families lost everything during the recent Central Texas floods now have a bed to sleep in.

It was a priceless moment.

Eight-year-old Emily Martinez came home to find a gift that could provide her with a good night's sleep during this rough time.

"Yes, it was a big surprise," says Emily Martinez, 8-year-old.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore  founded A Hope to Dream program in 2010 to help children in need between the ages of 3 to 16 years old.

"The response from the children and the families is unbelievable. It's priceless when they go and deliver a bed to a home for a child who doesn't have one otherwise; they're so grateful," says Debbie Akeroyd, Ashley Furniture, Furnishing Dreams board member.

They recently partnered with the Austin Disaster Relief Network to provide 11 twin-size beds to children in the Onion Creek area.

They aren't done yet, they plan to reach out to many more.

"Our hope is that in December, when they have another delivery date, that we'll be able to have more families who are ready to receive a bed. In many cases families aren't even at the stage at where they're ready to start moving furniture into their homes. They're still mucking it out," says Kimberly Rigsby, Austin Disaster Relief Network.

Over 1,000 homes were impacted during the devastating floods. 

Elizabeth Martinez says she and her family are having to start all over after losing everything.

"We'll be able to move in tomorrow, just with whatever we have," says Elizabeth Martinez, homeowner.

One thing they have for sure, is a place for Emily to rest her head.

If you would like to refer a child in need for consideration to receive a twin-size mattress set, visit Ashley Furniture online at

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