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111 new mattresses donated to Rochester non-profit organizations


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – On Friday, crews unloaded more than a hundred mattresses at Ashley Furniture in Rochester, set to be delivered to their new owners Saturday morning. The 111 new posturepedic mattresses will be delivered to Gift of Life Transplant House and Bear Creek Services.

"This is a really big day, it's been a year in the making,” said Bear Creek Services Volunteer Coordinator Pam Albert. "Our hard-working residents of Bear Creek are fortunate enough to get these, and it really is going to improve the quality of their life."

Resident Gary Ankey worked hard for his, helping crews unload the mattresses from the truck Friday afternoon.

“It's too hard for me. I get backaches in that bed,” Ankey said of his current bed. "I like this one better here.”

Ankey got to choose his bed from the options on the floor, trying them out and choosing which was most comfortable.

The donation by this Ashley Furniture store is worth more than 321,000 dollars, but for Bear Creek, you can't put a price on a good night's sleep.

"When you have disabilities, you know you have added challenges so these beds will be really beneficial,” said Albert.

The big day starts Saturday at 8 a.m. with help from a group from IBM Rochester, as well as football players from John Marshall, Century, and Mayo High Schools.

We'll have coverage on the NewsCenter at 6 on Saturday.

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