Grace's mother, Barbara Holmes

Houston Mom Gets a Well-Deserved Mother’s Day Surprise

This weekend, Grace Holmes of League City, TX gave her mom the ultimate Mother’s Day gift: a good night’s rest. After a year of perseverance and bravery in the most trying circumstances, she knew her mom deserved something special.

Grace’s mother, Barbara Holmes, has been living in a camper with her husband, son and six pets since Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017. She has stayed strong to support her family, despite losing everything – from furniture to family photo albums – during the hurricane. This month, Grace’s mom will finally be able to move back into the home that was destroyed – and now, she can do so, with a brand new mattress.

Grace shared her mom’s story with us, as part of Mattress Firm’s Ultimate Mother’s Day Contest. Her entry read:

My mom deserves to win because after nine months of waiting for construction to be done and living in a camper in her front yard, she and the rest of my family are almost able to move back into their home that was completely flooded from floor to roof during Hurricane Harvey. My family moved to Texas from Illinois just six days before Harvey. They weren’t even fully unpacked when the storm hit; they lost everything. They were denied housing assistance with FEMA stating that they weren’t technically occupying the house because they didn’t have TX drivers licenses yet. Because of the denial of assistance, they had to buy a camper, which now both my parents, brother and six pets currently live in.

My mother has been so strong and patient through the whole rebuild process, despite having to constantly deal with insurance companies, contractors, finish dates being pushed further and further away, and not having the most comfortable or stable living situation. She continues to work hard to support our family and stay strong for everyone around her, including the neighbors who are going through the same thing. My mother deserves to have a comfortable new mattress to sleep on in her new house to finally give her a place to rest and relax and be at peace.

We were so lucky to be part of Barbara’s story and to have the opportunity to reward her sacrifice with something that will help her rest a little easier in her new home.

Happy Mother’s Day – to Barbara and all of the deserving moms out there!

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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.

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