• Moncrief fire victims surprised with furniture after losing everything in massive fire

    By: Jamarlo Phillips , Action News Jax

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Life is getting better for some fire victims in Moncrief.

    In July, a fire tore through Calloway Cove Apartments. The fire destroyed multiple homes. 

    Five children and two adults were hurt in the fire. 

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    "Some of the children eight weeks later are still in the hospital from their burns and they now have all been relocated into new apartments and they need beds," said Ashley Furniture HomeStore spokesperson Tori Fusinaz.

    Fusinaz said, through the Hope to Dream program, 26 beds will be given to families who lost everything, and 16 children will receive Jacksonville Jaguars comforter sets.

    “Today, we’re just privately taking the beds into their homes. We’re setting them up and we know that they are extremely grateful,” Fusinaz said. “We just hope it’s something really fun they can enjoy and feel like they’re getting something special to make up with what they’ve been through."

    Fusinaz told Action News Jax that the new furniture cost around $18,000.  

    Some families told Action News Jax Christmas came early for them. 

    Ashley Furniture HomeStore started Hope to Dream in Jacksonville in 2010.  

    Since that time, the program has donated nearly 3,000 beds to children in need on the First Coast. 

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