100 Columbia-area children have new place to sleep after bed donation

One hundred twin beds are placed on Faurot Field.  They were given to children who needed them through a partnership of Love Columbia, the Veterans United Foundation and Ashley Furniture's Hope to Dream program.

Love Columbia’s furniture and home goods resale store, The Love Seat, is filled with couches, dining room tables and dishware.

The one thing it often does not have is beds, especially for children.

“We never get enough donated twin beds for kids, and it breaks my heart kids are sleeping on the floor,” said Jane Williams, Love Columbia co-founder. “Every kid needs their own safe space. They need a bed for just good sleep, doing their school work.”

Thanks to a partnership of Love Columbia, the Veterans United Foundation and Ashley Furniture’s Hope To Dream program, 100 beds were donated Friday night in an event at Faurot Field to Columbia children who do not have adequate bedding in their homes.

The event was the first of its kind for the community.

Along with activities and concessions on the concourse level of the stadium, families watched the movie “Little Giants” from the beds on the field.

Hope to Dream donated twin mattresses, bed frames, bedding and pillows to children ages 3 to 16. Parents and organizers of the special donation event Friday already knew about the donation. The people who didn’t were the children who received the beds.

It took a minute for the news to sink in for Lariah Jones.

Lariah Jones sits on her brand new bed Friday ready to watch a movie at Faurot Field.  She was among 100 children who received a bed from the event.

Even after the giveaway was announced, it took her mom, LaRhonda Jones, telling her the bed they were standing next to what hers for the reality to hit home. Lariah Jones stood for a few moments in stunned silence.

LaRhonda Jones also cares at home for a niece and nephew, who also received beds. All children who received a bed donation will have them delivered within two weeks.

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