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IKEA donates beds, bedding to refugees in Indiana

IKEA has teamed up with Exodus Refugee Immigration to give refugees across the country a place to sleep.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Ikea is trying to give some families a fresh start as they settle into life in central Indiana.

And they're doing that by making sure they have a bed to sleep on at night.

This is all part of Ikea's "5,000 Dreams" community donation program.

It's focused on refugee families who have just arrived in the U.S.

On May 11, Ikea worked with Exodus Refugee Immigration to donate 18 full and 33 twin beds, complete with bedding.

Exodus will give those beds to refugees who arrive in Indiana over the next few months.

"Usually refugees arrive in Indianapolis with just one suitcase, maybe two and that's all their earthly belongings," Exodus Refugee Executive Director Cole Varga said. "They've had to leave everything behind, just fleeing violence, persecution and war."

IKEA set a goal to donate 5,000 beds along with bedding across the country and Friday's donation helped them accomplish that goal.