Whether it’s a new pair of sneakers for playing tag at school or dress shoes to hit the town with friends, nothing puts a little pep in your step like a new pair of shoes, regardless of age. Shoes represent fashion and function; not only can the right shoe complete an outfit and make us feel our best, shoes provide support, warmth and comfort for the part of our body that gets us where we need to go.
Imagine not having the luxury of new shoes, especially as a child or teenager. Regardless of your outfit or plans for the day, you only have one pair of shoes to work with, the shoes on your feet. This thought alone is a driving force behind the Mattress Firm Foster Kids Shoe Drive. At Mattress Firm, we want to do our part to help children in foster care feel confident from the top of their heads down to their toes.
Mattress Firm Foster Kids Shoe Drive
Going on now through October 31, all Mattress Firm locations across the country are accepting new shoes of all sizes. While we may never truly understand what it’s like to walk in the shoes of a foster child, participating in our Mattress Firm Foster Kids Shoe Drive can make a huge difference to kids in your community. A simple pair of shoes can help a teenage boy make the basketball team or help a little girl skip through her school’s front doors with her head held high, experiences that may not be possible otherwise.
Mattress Firm Foster Kids Year-Round
You can always count on Mattress Firm to collect items for children in foster care. Mattress Firm Foster Kids hosts six donation drives throughout the year for essential items like clothing, pajamas, school supplies and toys. Donations are collected through the Ticket to Dream Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, and after each drive, all proceeds stay in the community where donated and are distributed to carefully chosen local nonprofit foster care partners.
A Simple Challenge
In 2016, we received over 136,000 pairs of shoes during our Shoe Drive and we want to challenge you all to help us beat that number this year. Donating is easy, bring a new pair of shoes to any Mattress Firm location and our Mattress Firm employees will make sure they are gifted to a foster child in your community. Your donation can help a foster child run faster, jump higher and feel that aforementioned pep in their step that we have all grown to love!
About The Author
As director of community relations for Mattress Firm, Mauri Knowles channels her passion for helping others by connecting Mattress Firm employees with opportunities to make an impact on their communities and partnering with local non-profit organizations. Mauri joined the Mattress Firm family of brands in 2004, and since then she has helped us donate more than 2 million essential items and $5 million to foster children in need.
She also serves as vice president of the Ticket to Dream Foundation, which supports the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program and raises funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer. Mauri says that one of her proudest moments of her career was helping launch the foundation in 2008.
A California native and proud alumna of California State University, Sacramento, Mauri loves staycations with her family to the beach and nearby lakes. And, whether for work or for pleasure, she throws a good party; from themed dinner parties for family and friends to our annual golf tournament and fundraiser – if Mauri is in charge you know you’ll have a good time.
Best Night’s Sleep: Mauri sleeps happy at home on her Beautyrest mattress on a moveable base after a day spent helping others; and she typically wakes up the next morning having spent the night dreaming it’s possible to do even more.