In 1988, President Reagan signed a proclamation establishing May as National Foster Care Month, a month set aside as a specific time to acknowledge the community of people who work to support foster children and their families.
When I take a step back and reflect on Mattress Firm Foster Kids and all of the children we’ve been able to help throughout this past year, I am so grateful for the huge number of people who contribute in different ways to make our work possible.
It Takes a Community
Mattress Firm Foster Kids’ tagline is “Not everyone can be a foster parent, but anyone can help a foster child.” And it’s true!
Everyone in our community plays a different role in the success of our programs, and that’s something to get excited about. It’s the collective power of everyone – community leaders, local nonprofits, CASA volunteers, foster parents, corporate sponsors, mentors, donors, and our employees – who make our program successful, and any success we have is shared among everyone who participates.
In fact, Mattress Firm Foster Kids is structured around being part of and supporting local communities. We host year-round collection drives for essentials like new clothing, shoes and school supplies, then distribute those items to carefully chosen local nonprofit foster care partners. Donations are collected through the Ticket to Dream Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, and after each of the six annual donation drives, proceeds stay in the community where they were donated.
Mattress Firm Foster Kids also partners with generous donors from companies and groups who host their own drives through campaigns and events.
So what are you waiting for? Join us! You can donate online or use our store locator to find the Mattress Firm location nearest you. After all, not everyone can be a foster parent, but anyone can help a foster child.
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.