Simmons Bedding Company and the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department teamed up to introduce 20 local pre-K children from Our House, Inc. to some hometown heroes. Several active-duty firefighters gave the children a special tour of Atlanta Fire Station 19, the oldest operating station in the city and a prominent landmark in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood.
During the tour, the children were invited to try on firefighting gear and see the areas where on duty firefighters eat and sleep, as well as eat lunch and have their pictures taken with the firefighters. Each child received a commemorative button imprinted with his/her firefighter photo, compliments of Simmons.
“Simmons takes pride in our Atlanta roots, and we have an ongoing commitment to help better the lives of those in our local community,” said Simmons President Tony Smith. “We have proudly supported the mission of Our House for years, and we are honored to be able to work with AFRD to give these children a special experience they will never forget.”
Our House is a non-profit organization that provides quality early childhood education and comprehensive support service for families experiencing homelessness. Simmons has held a seat on Our House Georgia’s Board of Directors for the past seven years, supporting the organization’s effort to break the chains of homelessness for children and families throughout Metro Atlanta. Michelle Montgomery, Simmons’ Vice President of Marketing, currently holds the position; previously, Executive Vice President and General Counsel Kristen McGuffey served as Board Member for six years.
“We are so thankful to have organizations in the community who come together to provide these kids with such an amazing opportunity,” says Tyese Lawyer, Executive Director and Development Director of Our House, Inc. “Simmons Bedding and the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department have truly given these children a unforgettable holiday memory.”
This event marks a continued partnership between Simmons and the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, a collaboration in the making since the two organizations met earlier this year. In April 2013, Simmons completed its Firehouse Recharge Atlanta initiative, a campaign to donate 275 beds to AFRD. “Service to the community is central to the core mission of AFRD. We have a fierce love of and dedication to this city and want to see it and its citizens thrive. In Simmons, AFRD has found a partner whose passion for and desire to give back to Atlanta aligns with our own values, and we are pleased to partner with them to bring some holiday cheer to some very deserving children,” says Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin J. Cochran.
“As pleased as we were to show our appreciation to AFRD for all that they do for Atlanta, we are even more excited to partner with them in a joint effort to give back to the community in which we all live, work and play,” said Smith. “We hope to continue our relationship with the Atlanta Fire Department and Our House for many years to come.”
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About Simmons Bedding Company : Atlanta-based Simmons Bedding Company is one of the world's largest mattress producers and the maker of Beautyrest®. Simmons manufactures and markets a broad range of products including Beautyrest®, Beautyrest TruEnergy®, Beautyrest Black®, ComforPedic® from Beautyrest®, and BeautySleep®. Simmons operates 19 conventional bedding manufacturing facilities across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Simmons also serves as a key supplier of beds to many of the world's leading hotel groups and resort properties. Simmons is committed to developing superior mattresses and promoting a higher-quality sleep.
About Our House: For 25 years, Our House has provided a safe, nurturing and nationally-accredited early education program to homeless children, while providing their parents with assistance in securing housing, employment, and other critical resources necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. Serving children and families throughout Metro Atlanta, Our House works to address the root causes of homelessness in a holistic manner that offers encouragement to parents and empowers them to make positive changes to move from crisis to stability.