LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Ashley HomeStore Great Bed Races, now in their 32nd year as part of the Kentucky Derby Festival, returned with bed racing fun and a special surprise for several Louisville children in need.
At the conclusion of the pre-race "Parade of Beds," Ashley HomeStore surprised six Louisville children with brand-new beds to call their own. Positioned at the rear of the pre-race parade, the six children did not see their new beds until they came to the start line.
"It's quite an experience to see kids jump into their very own bed for the first time," says Lauren Hamsley, Community Engagement Specialist with Ashley HomeStore. "We're delighted to partner with the Kentucky Derby Festival to add this special sweet twist to the evening's festivities."
The six new beds are a part of a larger donation of 50 new beds for local children in need as part of Ashley HomeStore's Hope to Dream program. The families were selected by the Boys & Girls Club of Kentuckiana.
"Every child should have a bed to call their own," Hamsley adds.
Since its inception in 2010, the home furnishing retailer's national Hope to Dream initiative has presented the gift of sleep to more than 110,000 children.
SOURCE Ashley HomeStore