SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 – Ashley HomeStore donated 50 twin-sized bed frames and mattresses; accompanied with their pillows, comforters and sheet sets to the patients and families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital through its nationwide Hope to Dream initiative. Of those 50 bed sets, 25 were delivered to the Nicklaus Children’s Devonshire Apartments, while the other 25 were individually delivered to underserved families who have been pre-identified by the health system’s social workers.
“We warmly welcome and appreciate Ashley HomeStore’s kind gesture to give our Devonshire Apartments a new look with the donation of twin-sized bed sets,” said Nicklaus Children’s Health System President and CEO, Matthew A. Love. “Sick and healing children need their families’ continual emotional support during the weeks or even months of recovery, and the Devonshire Apartments provide a home away from home where family members can sleep, eat, relax and share experiences with other families in similar situations.”
With Ashley HomeStore’s awaited donation, all twin-sized beds currently at the Devonshire Apartments will be replaced. Located two blocks from the hospital in a safe residential community, the Devonshire Apartments provide families a comfortable, supportive temporary home for patient families coming from distant places. Consisting of two buildings with 20 furnished apartment-styled units, the Devonshire Apartments are fully equipped with kitchens, linens, laundry facilities, housekeeping services, and other amenities. Transportation service to and from the hospital is also provided to the families.
Most families who stay at the Nicklaus Children’s Devonshire Apartments are Floridians who live outside of Miami-Dade County. Of those, twenty percent come from outside Florida; many are from Latin America and the Caribbean Islands. While the average length of stay is three to five days, some families may spend up to three months because of their child’s medical condition.
Learn more about our Devonshire Apartments by visiting https://www.nicklauschildrens.org/patient-resources/planning-your-visit/hotel-accommodations.
About Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 475 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children’s Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit www.nicklauschildrens.org.
About Ashley HomeStore’s Hope to Dream Program
Ashley HomeStore, the largest furniture retailer in the U.S., dedicates a portion of proceeds from every mattress sale at participating locations to its nationwide Hope to Dream program, which has donated more than 100,000 new beds and bedding to children in need since 2010. All Ashley HomeStore locations in Miami-Dade through Indian River counties in South Florida are active year-round in the Hope to Dream charity’s donation program.