La-Z-Boy Designer Creates 6 Foot “La-Z-Bear” For Ronald McDonald House

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
This La-Z-Bear was created for and donated to the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House.
This La-Z-Bear was created for and donated to the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House.

Jason Rains, in-house designer at La-Z-Boy Research and Development in Dayton, used scrap material and recycled fiber to create a six foot teddy bear, called a “La-Z-Bear,” to donate to the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House.  Mr. Rains’ idea came about when his son mentioned he wanted to woo his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. Seeing his initial creation was such a success, he decided to make another one for RMHC. 

Development Director of the Chattanooga RMHC, Tiffany Cobb, said, “This gift is very appropriate for the relationship between La-Z-Boy and RMHC of Greater Chattanooga as both organizations believe in families and providing comfort to them.” 

As the official furniture provider of RMHC Global, La-Z-Boy provides complimentary furniture to Ronald McDonald Houses and Family Rooms throughout the U.S. and Canada. Since the beginning of La-Z-Boy’s partnership with RMHC Global in 2008, they have donated nearly 6,000 pieces of furniture. They also provide support through a variety of local and national fundraising RMHC events and promotions; all monetary donations are collected and distributed to local chapters.

The La-Z-Boy Distribution Center in Dayton has a proactive relationship with the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House.  For the past two years, they have donated a sofa and chair to be built on air and auctioned off during RMHC’s annual Telethon. 

For more information, visit www.rmhchattanooga.com or www.lazyboy.com.


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