Donor Highlights

Every donation matters. Every drive and every gift donated makes more difference than comprehensible. And without the support of the generous donors below, we would not be able to make a difference in the lives of foster children across the country.

We’ll try, but we can’t thank enough the groups, businesses—and even our young donors—for everything they’ve done this year. 

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Karlee Sanderford – Clayton, NC

February 2018

Miss Greater Carolinas Outstanding Teen, Karlee Sanderford, collected and donated 104 pajamas and socks for foster kids. She has a heart for foster care and adoption because she was adopted as a child. It is her desire that every child finds their “forever family” and she wants to help foster kids in any way possible.

Debby Flower, Paterson Great Falls Rotary Club – Elmwood Park, NJ

February 2018

Debby Flower is a member of the Paterson Great Falls Rotary Club. After hearing a radio ad about the Pajama Drive, she set a goal for her club to donate at least 30 pajamas – at least one set of pajamas per club member. She was excited to report that they exceeded their goal and donated 94 pajamas.

Allison Newman – San Diego, CA

February 2018

For five years in a row, Allison Newman has asked friends to bring pajama donations for her birthday parties. This year, she was able to collect and donate over 20 sets of pajamas. Store associates shared that she has a giving spirt and attitude. Keep up the great work, Allison.

Western Washington Girl Scout Troop 40114 – Puyallup, WA

February 2018

With the help of Troop Leader, Chanin Goitia, the troop earned their Giving Back Badge by collecting donations for the Pajama Drive. They girls were excited they could earn their badge by helping local children in need. Mattress Firm Foster Kids is especially proud when kids help other kids.

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Sacramento State Faculty – Sacramento, CA

December 2017

Sacramento State University hosted a toy collection again this year as part of its faculty’s annual holiday luncheon. A huge thank you goes out to Gladys Glaude at Sacramento State for coordinating this year’s collection and for the entire faculty’s ongoing support of Mattress Firm Foster Kids.

Henry and Maria Dear

Henry and Maria Dear – Bay Area, CA

December 2017

Henry and Maria Dear held their annual party and fundraiser to purchase gifts for foster kids for the holidays. With the donations, they purchased more than 300 gift bags, each of which included a pair of pajamas or shoes, school supplies and toiletries. They carefully packed and marked each bag to indicate gender and sizing for local foster kids, ranging from toddler to young adult. They also forwarded checks from donors, which totaled over $1,300, that will help benefit local foster youth this holiday season. Thank you, Dear family, for your ongoing support and passion for helping local foster youth.


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Pastor Perry and Barbara Kallevig

Pastor Perry and Barbara Kallevig - Elk Grove, CA

December 2017

Pastor Perry and Barbara Kallevig of Harvest Church worked with the church to collect pajamas for local teens this holiday season. They met with the Community Relations team at the Rocklin office and dropped off 190 pairs of pajamas in adult sizes to ensure that local foster youth have a cozy night’s sleep.

Linda & and Clyde Fladwood

Linda and Clyde Fladwood – Portland, OR

December 2017

Portland, Oregon, store guests Linda and Clyde Fladwood donated 40 new bikes to Mattress Firm Foster Kids. They coordinated this effort with their local bike shop to get foster kids new wheels for the holidays.

Canyon Lake Women’s Golf Club

Canyon Lake Women’s Golf Club – Canyon Lake, CA

December 2017

Ura Furry coordinated a women’s golf tournament held on December 12th at the Canyon Lake Women’s Golf Club. She requested that all tournament participants bring a toy for Mattress Firm Foster Kids.

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Jackets for Julia – University Place, WA.

October 2017

Ten-year-old Julia Sandusky runs a program, Jackets for Julia. For the third straight year, Julia hosted a coat drive for Mattress Firm Foster Kids and collected 500 coats and $800 in donations to shop for additional coats to donate. Nothing beats kids helping kids.


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veterans donations

Veterans Donate 53 Pairs of New Converse! Turlock, CA

September 2017

Local veterans Bob Russell and Wardee Bruce – both active in Turlock’s American Legion Chapter and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post – purchased 53 pairs of Converse Chuck Taylors, which they plan to donate to foster children in need. Their story even made the local news: http://www.turlockjournal.com/archives/35009/

Edna Reid donations

Edna Reid and Students, Menifee, CA.

September 2017

Edna Reid is a special education teacher for Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) Adult Life Skills Program at Mt. San Jacinto College/Menifee Campus. The program serves special education students ages 18-22 years old. For the fourth year, the class is carrying out its “Circle of Kindness” curriculum. For this year’s project, it donated 100 backpacks filled with school supplies.


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Protect-A-Bed School Supply Drive, Mt. Prospect, IL.

July 2017

Jennifer Casas at Protect-A-Bed coordinated another successful school supplies drive this year with her company. Together, they collected over $300 worth of school supplies for foster kids. She commented that she is always amazed but not surprised by the generosity of her co-workers.


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Angela Olinger donation

Angela Olinger, New Port Richey, FL.

June 2017

Angela hosted a shoe drive for her son’s birthday party and, in lieu of gifts, she asked attendees to bring new pairs of shoes. Her aunt brought 70 pairs, and they collected 147 pairs of shoes in total. It was an unforgettable birthday.


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