Chicago-area Ashley Furniture HomeStores Show Their Sweeter Side with Support for 'Candy Days'

Misericordia Candy Days Event in April to Help Children & Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Mar 22, 2011, 08:00 ET from Ashley Furniture HomeStore

ARCADIA, Wis., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicago-area Ashley Furniture HomeStores (  are teaming up with Misericordia Heart of Mercy  Home, a local non-profit organization, to show their support for Candy Days, an annual event that aims to raise much-needed funds for individuals with developmental disabilities.

On April 29th and 30th, thousands of volunteers clad in tell-tale Jelly Belly® aprons will hit the streets of Chicago and its suburbs, passing out candy and informational tags in exchange for donations to Misericordia, which supports over 600 children and adults with mild to profound developmental disabilities from all racial, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.

Starting Monday, April 25th, any groups or individuals wishing to volunteer their time for this very important cause will find donation canisters and aprons at Ashley Furniture HomeStores throughout the Chicagoland area. Ashley will also be garnering support and providing additional information for the event via its Twitter ( and Facebook ( pages.  

"Candy Days has become a spring tradition in the Chicago area and we're so proud to be part of such an important event," says Patrick Brown, Ashley Furniture Regional Manager for the Chicago area. "Misericordia provides hope and support to some of the most vulnerable members of our community, who otherwise would go without job training, physical, occupational and speech therapy, fitness and healthy living guidance, social and recreational outings, and much, much more."

Those wanting to make a donation can also TEXT: 25383, keyword MIS to make a $5 donation. The Lauren Rafferty Family will match 100% of all texted donations this year.

About Ashley Furniture HomeStore

Ashley Furniture HomeStore, a top furniture retailer in the United States, delivers quality, affordable furniture to customers at more than 425 independently owned and operated locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Japan. Ashley Furniture HomeStore is an exclusive provider of furniture from Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., the largest furniture manufacturer in the United States.

About Misericordia Heart of Mercy Home

Misericordia Heart of Mercy Home is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization whose mission is to support individuals with developmental disabilities in maximizing their level of independence and self-determination within an environment that fosters spirituality, dignity, respect and enhancement of quality of life. It promotes development of natural family and community support, community awareness, education and advocacy.

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