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Sleep Country USA Kicks Off Year-Long Charity Drive

By Home Furnishings Business in on January 2006 One of the Pacific Northwest's largest premium mattress retailers wants children to fall asleep without the worries of not having a pair of sneakers on their feet when they awake.

Sleep Country USA's Foster Kids launched a year-long giving initiative this week — at its retail stores in Washington and Oregon — to help provide children in foster care with everyday items some may be lacking.

The first drive will focus on collecting new footwear. The retailer is asking the public to drop off kids' shoes of all sizes at its more than 50 stores in the area.

A goal of 1,000 pairs of new shoes has been set for the first month of the campaign. The shoe drive will run until Feb. 19. Nine foster care organizations in the region will receive the donations.

Shoes are the first of several collection campaigns Sleep Country USA plans to collect. New coats, clothing, school supplies, games, sporting equipment and holiday gifts will follow throughout the year.

According to Sleep Country USA, last year's campaigns successfully procured more than 25,000 items for Pacific Northwest foster children.

For more information about Sleep Country USA or Sleep Country Foster Kids, visit www.sleepcountry.com.


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