Children's Hospital's Family House receives Ikea makeover

A team of volunteers conducted a blitz makeover Friday for a place many families call their home away from home. (Nick Smith/Twitter)

A team of volunteers conducted a blitz makeover Friday for a place many families call their home away from home.

Ikea employees assembled new beds inside the Family House at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.

Family House won a contest called the Ikea Life Improvement Co-Worker Challenge.

Families stay at the House while children receive life-saving care at Children's Hospital.

"We've had thousands, tens of thousands of people that have stayed here, so you can only imagine the wear and tear on something as simple as the beds," Family House manager Michele Patin said.

"The people that come here, you know, it's a very stressful situation. That we can provide a little oasis for them to rest and recharge and then, you know, take care of their kids," Ikea's Lisa Finnin-Ciccoli said.

Friday's work included installing $10,000 worth of merchandise from Ikea in Emeryville.
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