Host An Upcoming Drive For Foster Kids!

Host an Upcoming Drive for Foster Kids

School Drive: July 3 – August 27

Sharp crayons, fresh paper, a snappy new binder, and a comfy new backpack. For most kids, the start of a school year is an exciting time filled with new supplies and hope for success. Together we can help foster kids enjoy the same experience!

By hosting your own Mattress Firm Foster Kids School Drive, you can help give local foster children the confidence they need to succeed in school. It’s a great way to give back to your community while leaving the heavy lifting of planning and promotion to us.

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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 pajamas 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 kids look and feel their best

Hi there,

Did you know foster kids often change homes—and schools—multiple times a year? That means school supplies are always at the top of a foster family’s shopping list. Sharp crayons, fresh paper, a snappy new binder, and a comfy new backpack. With the right school supplies, foster children can feel confident and ready to succeed in the classroom.

That’s why I’m supporting the Mattress Firm Foster Kids School Drive this year! With the help of  nonprofit foster organization 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) new school supply items for children of various ages and grade levels, and I need your help!

Donations of backpacks, paper, pens, crayons, pencils, rulers, calculators, dictionaries and more 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 gift will be used to help provide foster children with special services and programs.

I hope you’ll join me in my effort to make this school year a success for local foster kids! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

(insert name)

Sample Facebook Post

Help local foster children start the school year off right with new school supplies! Via the Mattress Firm Foster Kids School Drive, I would like to collect (insert goal #) school supply items. I’m collecting donations at (insert drop-off location) through (insert date). www.mattressfirmfosterkids.org

Sample Poster

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