As we near the end of Summer, students nationwide are heading back to school and preparing for the new year ahead. While this is an exciting time for many, it can bring feelings of anxiety, unpreparedness and uncertainty for foster children.
No child should have to go to school without the supplies they need to feel and be their best. Mattress Firm is passionate about providing foster children with the tools they need to succeed – whether it’s brand new shoes, pajamas or school supplies.
That’s why we partnered with the Ticket to Dream Foundation and EcoMedia earlier this month to host “Pack2School” backpack build events in Detroit, Sacramento and Washington, D.C.
Mattress Firm volunteers in each city took a few hours out of their workday to help assemble backpacks filled with brand new supplies for the school year. After each event, the backpacks were delivered to our local nonprofit partners, where they were distributed to foster children in each city.
Across all three events, we filled 1,500 backpacks with items such as notebooks, folders, pens and binders. Check out some of our favorite highlights from the events below.
Planning some back to school shopping of your own this weekend? It’s not too late to help! Head to your local Mattress Firm to drop off school supply donations now until Sept. 2.
About The Author
Sunni Goodman As senior vice president of communications for Mattress Firm and mother to two beautiful children, Sunni Goodman is excited to share her favorite savings tips for parents and families on The Daily Doze. Mattress Firm is both literally and figuratively a family for Sunni, who works alongside her sister who recruited her to work for Mattress Firm in 2007. In addition to her love for chocolate and dancing, Sunni’s heart lies in sharing the Mattress Firm story and helping shoppers find new ways to stretch their budgets further. She provides strategic direction on Mattress Firm’s internal and external communications plans and lends her passion for serving her community to the Ticket to Dream Foundation, which supports the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program, and raises funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer. She is a proud alumna of Stephen F. Austin State University, where she was a setter for the Ladyjacks volleyball team. Sunni lives in Houston with her husband Jason, son Ruxin and daughter Remy.