Host An Upcoming Drive For Foster Kids!

Host an Upcoming Drive for Foster Kids

Shoe Drive: August 28 – October 29

New shoes mean running fast, jumping high and walking with confidence. Unfortunately, foster kids are often placed in new homes unexpectedly and need all the basics all at once—and foster families don’t always have the time or resources to purchase new shoes right away.

With your help, foster families can pick up new shoes at a moment’s notice from a local foster care partner.

By hosting your own Mattress Firm Foster Kids Shoe Drive, you’re helping local foster children feel the joy of stylish, comfortable new shoes. It’s a great way to give back to your community while leaving the heavy lifting of planning and promotion to us.

Read on for more details and information about how to get started!

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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 coworkers.

Send emails and use your social network to encourage even more people to donate new shoes 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 

Donations are accepted at all of our 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 can also help promote your drive by using the hashtag #donate4fosterkids. You deserve the recognition, and it shows other community members that they can make a difference, too!

Email: philanthropy@mattressfirm.com

Resources

Need more supplies, information or support?  Contact us at philanthropy@mattressfirm.com

Sample Email

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

Subject: Help local foster children make great strides with new shoes!

Hi there,

For kids, comfortable new shoes mean running fast, jumping high and walking with confidence. Unfortunately, foster kids are often placed in new homes unexpectedly and need all the basics all at once—and foster families don’t always have the resources to purchase new shoes right away.

That’s why I’m supporting the Mattress Firm Shoe Drive for foster kids this year. With the help of non-profit foster care partners, the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program takes in donations and disperses them to foster children and families in need. My goal is to collect (number) pairs of new shoes for children of various ages and all sizes, and I need your help!

Donations of new shoes in all sizes, from toddler to teen, 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 the shopping will be done on your behalf.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Thank you,

(insert name)

Sample Facebook Post

Help me put a spark in the step of a foster child! Via the Mattress Firm Foster Kids Shoe Drive, I would like to collect (insert goal #) pairs of new shoes for kids of all ages. I’m collecting donations at (insert drop off location) through (insert date). www.mattressfirmfosterkids.org

Sample Poster

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