The U.S. foster care system is home to over 400,000 children, many of whom have entered the system with few or no possessions of their own.
While foster parents do receive a stipend to cover basic needs, it is often not enough to cover all necessities. Additionally, foster parents can be grandparents or extended family members who also may need a little extra support. That’s where the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program comes in — to help fill the gap.
A growing child requires properly fitting shoes, seasonally appropriate clothing, warm pajamas to sleep in, a comfortable backpack and an ever-growing list of school supplies. Many of these children were removed from their homes with just the clothes on their backs, making it necessary to replace essential items very quickly. For many foster families, the cost associated with doing this can be prohibitive. For children who have lost their family and been separated from their siblings, these small donations can mean the world, helping to boost their self-esteem and allowing them to fit in with their peers.
Mattress Firm Foster Kids, a program of the Ticket to Dream Foundation™, has partnered with non-profit foster care partners to improve the lives of our local foster children. Our program responds directly to the needs outlined by our agency partners—and one of the biggest needs they’ve relayed is help replenishing essential items that foster children are often missing.
Foster children also need access to life-shaping extracurricular activities and special childhood experiences. With your help, we can make it possible for local foster youth to receive music lessons, join a sports team and reunite with a sibling at summer camp.
Throughout the year, Mattress Firm hosts donation drives at our stores and in our communities to collect funds and essential items that foster children often go without. If you don't live near a Mattress Firm location, you can also donate online, and your gift will be used by our carefully selected foster care partners to provide foster children with special programs and services.
Together, we can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of foster children and show them that their communities are here to support them. Mattress Firm believes not everyone can be a foster parent, but anyone can help a foster child.
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