Here’s what Morris Furniture is doing to help community kids

DAYTON, Ohio — Top 100 retailer Morris Furniture is making a big impact on the way kids in Ohio and Northern Kentucky sleep.

The Dayton, Ohio-based retailer worked with St. Vincent de Paul–Cincinnati to provide 50 children with a bed of their own as part of the Hope to Dream initiative. The families were presented the beds on Aug. 19 at the P&G Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy at 2026 E. Seymour Ave.

In addition to a complete bed set, which includes a twin-size bed frame, box springs, comforter, pillow and mattress donated by Morris Furniture , the children were provided new sheets and a blanket provided by Standard Textile, a backpack full of school supplies from General Electric Credit Union, a meal from Chick-fil-A and more. Immediately following the reveal, volunteers will gather the beds to prepare them for delivery so that each recipient may enjoy their new bed that night.

“St. Vincent de Paul has been making a difference in our community for many years,” said Manny Sciberras, president and CEO of Morris Furniture. “Because every child needs a bed, we have partnered with this organization to help kids in need receive a bed of their own.”

With more families having difficulty providing their children basic needs, such as having a bed of their own, Larry Klaben, chairman of Morris Furniture, believes it is important to increase the support it provide to families in the community. Morris has been working with area agencies throughout Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus since 2001 through the Kids Dream Too & Hope to Dream programs and has helped more than 15,000 children receive a bed of their own. Morris Furniture is now part of Ashley Furniture Inds.’ worldwide program that has gifted more than 140,000 beds to kids since 2010.

“Not having a bed to lay down in is a reality that far too many children in our community are facing every night,” said Brad McMonigle, CEO of St. Vincent de Paul–Cincinnati. “We are grateful for the partnership and support of Morris Furniture as we work to ensure families in our community have access to the basics we all need to thrive.”

Earlier this month, Morris Furniture secured more than $225,000 in sponsorships and support for the Dayton Children’s Hospital during the 16th annual Gem City Jam golf outing.

“Our goal is to raise $50,000 more through the activities, donations, silent auction and child life basket auctions during the event,” said Klaben. “With the support of the local businesses of Dayton, our vendor partners and the Terrific Women in Giving, we are confident we will greatly exceed last year’s record-breaking event. Thank you to all the sponsors and golfers who have committed to supporting this event each year.”

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