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A Meaningful Way to Support Foster Kids: School Supply Drive 2018

We may be in the midst of summer vacation, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the new school year just around the corner. Some children are excited as the first day of school approaches for another year of learning and spending time with friends, while others are intimidated by the unknowns and nervous for what the year ahead may bring.

This uncertainty can be even more daunting for children in foster care. Whether they are starting at a new school for the first time or worried about fitting in with their current peers, the first day of school can drain spirits before the students even walk through the front doors.

You Can Make a Difference


With the odds seemingly going against them, the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program wants to set foster kids up for success by providing them with the items they need to kick off the school year.

Now through September 2, all Mattress Firm locations nationwide are collecting new school supplies for foster children. For most students, going shopping for new school supplies is a yearly ritual and something to look forward to with their family.

Foster parents may not always be able to provide this experience for the children in their care. Although these families receive a small stipend to cover basic needs, it is often not enough to cover all necessities. By collecting backpacks, binders, pens, pencils and more, Mattress Firm hopes to provide these children with exactly what they need to take on the 2018 school year with confidence.

A Lasting Impact


In 2017, Mattress Firm collected an incredible 186,000 school supplies for foster kids nationwide. With your help, this year we can do even more for these young scholars.

Something as simple as donating a new backpack can help a child express their personality and start a new school year with confidence – confidence that can lead to better school performance and relationships with their peers.

School Supply Wish List


We’ve made back to school shopping easy—download our school supply checklist and take it shopping with you. Then drop your tax-deductible gift off at any Mattress Firm location!

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