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Mattress Firm Foster Kids - Bears and Bedtime toys Drive - October 9 through December 15 - Donate Now

Bears & Bedtime Toys Drive: October 9 – December 15

Nighttime can be scary for foster children in new homes, particularly during the holidays. Something as simple as a favorite toy, like a stuffed animal or doll, can make a world of difference and provide comfort at bedtime. That’s why Mattress Firm is dedicated to helping all children get a good night’s sleep to create hope for a better tomorrow.


How it Works

1. Spread the word about your donation drive

Get the word out about your drive by talking to friends, neighbors, family and co-workers.

Send emails and use your social network to encourage even more people to donate new school supply items for foster kids of all ages. Below is a sample email and a sample Facebook post for you to use.

Hang posters in high-traffic areas or distribute to potential donors at gatherings.

Talk up your collection drive at staff meetings, kids’ soccer games, community events or religious gatherings. Send an announcement in your work newsletter or slip the information into a meeting agenda.

2. Collect your donations

Create a central place to collect donations, whether it’s your home, a community center or the lobby at work. Clearly mark containers for donation drop-offs.

If a cash donation is preferred, consider starting a personal campaign on our website and asking friends, family and co-workers to donate online through your fundraising page.

3. Drop off your donations at the nearest Mattress Firm

Donations are accepted at all Mattress Firm locations. Use our store locator to find the most convenient drop-off location for you.

4. Share your success

Provide us with your name, contact information and a short story about your efforts, and we’ll share your generous story on Facebook and on our website. You deserve the recognition, and it shows other community members that they can make a difference, too.

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Sample Email

To: Friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, PTA

Subject: Bring comfort to foster kids by donating bedtime toys

Hi there,

For foster children who have been separated from family, friends and familiar faces, nighttime can be an especially difficult and lonely time, especially during the holidays. Something as simple as a favorite toy, like a stuffed animal or doll, can make a world of difference and provide comfort during bedtime.

That’s why I’m supporting the Mattress Firm Bears & Bedtime Toys Drive for foster kids this holiday season. With the help of the Ticket to Dream Foundation, the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program takes in donations and provides them to foster children in need.

My goal is to collect [insert number] new, unwrapped stuffed animals, or other bedtime toys, for children of all ages, and I need your help.

Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at [insert location], and I will take them to Mattress Firm. I have fun shopping and always find great deals that allow me to buy one or two more items, but if shopping isn’t your cup of tea, you can always  donate online, and your tax-deductible gift will be used to help provide foster children with essentials, support services and programs.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

[insert name]

Sample Facebook Post

Everyone deserves a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, for foster children who have been separated from family and friends, nighttime can be a difficult and lonely time—especially during the holidays. Something as simple as a favorite toy, like a stuffed animal or doll, can make a world of difference. Now through December 15, I’m helping Mattress Firm Foster Kids by collecting new bears and bedtime toys to give to a foster child in need this holiday season. All you have to do is pick a new, unwrapped toy to donate to your nearest Mattress Firm store. My goal is [insert number] toys. We got this!

Sample Poster
Foster Kids Bears and Bedtime Toys Drive Poster
Download Poster PDF (3 MB)

 

 

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