The suspense grew and grew one recent Saturday afternoon at Craighead Elementary School in Mobile, Alabama. Suspicions were eventually met with screams of joy as 75 third-grade students learned they were getting their own twin Sealy mattress, frame and bedding ensemble to be delivered to their home. The beds were donated to the students through a partnership with the Alabama Extension Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education department (SNAP-Ed), 1915 South, and Ashley Furniture’s Hope to Dream program.
Craighead Elementary Principal Tracey Hunter said she has been emotional about this partnership from the beginning. “I knew what this would mean for our children and the parents,” she said. “Just to see them come through the doors and see what the big surprise was, moved me to tears.”