At work we have a nonprofit program called Furnishing Dreams. With Furnishing Dreams we do a few different things to elicit awareness of the need to give back. For example, A Hope 2 Dream. For this program we bring awareness for underage kids to obtain their optimal amount of sleep. I can respect that because my sleeping habits aren’t normal and I’m sure my body could really benefit on a good night’s sleep right about now.

Commercial break to promote this incredible program…

AH2D was founded in 2010 by Ashley Furniture HomeStore, A Hope to Dream seeks to provide less fortunate children with a mattress set that is essential for a good night’s sleep. We believe by helping a child sleep well, they are poised to lead a healthier and more productive life.

For every mattress sold at your local Ashley Furniture HomeStore, $5 is being donated to provide mattress sets to local children in need. Our goal is to give away at least 500 mattresses by the end of each year.

You can help to accomplish our mission by referring a child for consideration to receive a mattress set. Our efforts can only be successful if caring individuals refer the children in need. To request additional applications please send an email to:

Furnishing Dreams is what made me want to work for this company. I have longed to be able to give back to the community. I feel most of the time I fail doing that. I’m so busy just working that I can never make a difference in the lives of the next generation. That is why I’m excited to create Hummingbird House. I hope I will be able to truly make a difference in the lives of someone, you know?

I’ve been the store’s Furnishing Dreams Store Champion and you can call me a nerd, but I’ve enjoyed it. I take it seriously, and sometimes question why people aren’t into helping others. My husband and my best friend’s mom says my need to help l is because I love people, care deep, and that no matter what I always try to do right even even when it’s the hardest thing to do. I can bet I can name a couple people who believe that I don’t, but that story will be saved for another story time. Jeremy and Aunty Deb are right. I care and love deep. So, making a change that would benefit a young mind is extremely important to me. Like, you see a kid struggling, how does that not pull at your heartstrings? How do you not want to protect the child and do something for them?

Last year my company went to Honduras to help the “orphanage growth crisis.” Everyone lent a hand to provide beds for the orphanages and connect with those children. From my understand it was a great adventure. This year, my company wants to help build a computer lab there. They had me at computer lab. I may not know a lot about computers but I sure love them. I call this year’s adventures Operation Honduras but the real term is Helping Honduras (my tag sounds so much cooler, right?). And how am I helping? Well, I’m doing a bake sale and carwash.

First, I love to bake so that was super awesome. My treats look delish…

Second, I don’t have to really work because I’d be manning the activities.

Third, I get to leave work early.

Honestly, as much as I don’t want to work and that I want to leave work early this is really for the kids. Tomorrow, along with my munchies above and the munchies brought from other associates I am hoping we have a successful day that will bring in a good chunk of change for Helping Honduras. Then on Sunday we move into the carwash. It’s $5/car and $7/truck or van. Come and visit. Both days. Help us make a difference. The future generation need just as much help as we did.

This weekend no matter how much we raise, I’ll be proud to have been a part of it.