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These kids had the best sleepover of their lives thanks to the Dallas Cowboys Facebook/Mary Ann Downey Kirby
Facebook/Mary Ann Downey Kirby

There are many things that many Americans take for granted these days. Living with a roof over our heads and driving a car to work and heading off to a job that gives us a paycheck at the end of the week are all mundane parts of our lives that we simply come to expect.

Yet, it’s not that easy for every American.

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For some adults and many children, just being able to sleep on a comfortable bed is something that is far from guaranteed. The Dallas Cowboys and Ashley HomeStore knew that, and on June 24, they decided to do something about it. It was on that particular evening that 100 underserved youth taking part in Ashley HomeStore’s Hope to Dream charity and The Salvation Army were invited to sleep over at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

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“We are excited about providing, for the second year, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 100 local kids to spend the night in an unbelievable facility, the AT&T Stadium, and to be hosted by the Dallas Cowboys organization,” explained Michael Levitz, President of Ashley Furniture HomeStore, “Each child will leave with their own bed.”

While there, the kids enjoyed hanging with various members of the Dallas Cowboys organization and touring the locker rooms in the stadium.

“This night is really unbelievable and heartwarming,” Scott Erdmann, manager of corporate partnerships for the Dallas Cowboys added. “We can take things for granted, something as simple as a bed with sheets and a blanket and it helps you to evaluate your own life and the things that really matter. One of the girls said this was the best day of her life, the first time she’s ever had a teddy bear and had her own bed.”

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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