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'A Hope to Dream' Gives Beds to Local Children in Need

4:29 PM, Nov 23, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's something most children take for granted: a bed to sleep on.

But tonight, some First Coast children will be resting their heads on couches, cots and even floors.

Caleb Perry knows what that's like.

"I accepted it," Perry said. "It was a part of life."

For more than a year, the 15-year-old spent most nights on this couch.

"We had fell on some hard times and had to move out of a bad situation," explained his mother, Chinue Taylor. "And when we moved we had to leave a whole lot of our stuff behind." The stuff included Caleb's bed.

Taylor said the small couch was not a good fit for her 6'2" son, but she didn't have the means to buy him a new bed.

Friends and family stepped in, nominating Caleb for Ashley Furniture's "A Hope to Dream" program, which provides mattresses to children who don't have a place to sleep.

Now the honor roll student is getting a good night's sleep every night, so he can be energized for school and basketball.

"I was grateful that I could sleep on something soft besides the floor," Perry said.

Perry said his favorite things about his new bed are that it's soft and long.

But the best thing is it's his.

If you know a child who doesn't have a place to sleep, click here for a link to Ashley Furniture's "A Hope to Dream" program.

First Coast News

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