CHARITIES WE PROUDLY SUPPORT
American Cancer Society
REAL MEN WEAR PINK INITIATIVE
Round Up and Match
In the month of October, MATTRESS360 is proud to partner with the American Cancer Society for their Real Men Wear Pink Initiative. Through this unique campaign, men across the country have taken the pledge to help save more lives from breast cancer. For every purchase made at MATTRESS360, customers will be given the option to round up their total and whatever amount they choose, MATTRESS360 will match! Every donation made will support MATTRESS360 Co-Founder/Sleep Expert, Chris Bohling, in his $2,500 Real Mean Wear Pink fundraising campaign!
MATTRESS360 DONATES 25 BEDS TO SAFE HAVEN FOR ABUSED AND NEGLECTED CHILDREN
PHOENIX (July 31, 2015) – In June Arizona’s severely abused and neglected children seeking emergency shelter had nowhere to sleep but a hard cot in an office building. In response to this crisis, Childhelp and the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) created a temporary haven for children facing sudden removal from their homes. Locally owned business, MATTRESS360 also responded by donating 25 mattress sets worth $10,000.
“These children are already facing a difficult situation and I wanted to be able to contribute in a way that truly benefited them,” said Chris Bohling, owner of MATTRESS360. “It’s important to get involved in my community and different charities, so I called in all the favors I could get to help make this contribution. I want to set a good example for my son and other generations and encourage the local community to get involved with the protection of these children.”
Despite MATTRESS360 being open for only two months, Bohling was still able to offer some support. The children brought into the haven will no longer sleep in DCS offices. Instead, they have a soft bed and welcoming environment at the new Children’s Placement Coordination and Assessment Center (Children’s Placement Center).
The Children’s Placement Center was formed in only two weeks by Childhelp Co-Founders Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, along with many volunteers, who all worked tirelessly to ensure each room is ready for the children who are removed from their homes. Childhelp hopes this center becomes the national standard of care for abused or neglected children that are removed from their homes in emergency situations.
“The generosity of Chris and MATTRESS360 has given hope to children who may of thought they would never see a kind face again,” said Sara O’Meara, co-founder, CEO and board chair for Childhelp. “A warm bed, clean clothes and a hot meal go a long way in getting these kids into permanent and safe homes. We can’t thank Chris enough for his generous contribution.”
Every day in Arizona an average of 15 children are removed from their homes because of severe cases of abuse or neglect. The Children’s Placement Center accommodates up to 30 children, age 10 and under, for a period not to exceed 24 hours. DCS has created placement units to staff this center 24/7 and to find appropriate foster settings. Approved volunteers will be on site to provide care and comfort to these children.
A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds and nearly 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made annually. In the U.S., five children die each day from abuse and neglect and that is five too many. Childhelp’s programs work to solve these issues daily.
Since 1959, Childhelp® has brought the light of hope and healing into the lives of countless children as a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children. Childhelp’s programs and services include residential treatment services, children’s advocacy centers, therapeutic foster care, group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp created the Childhelp National Day of Hope®, held each April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month that mobilizes Americans to join the fight against child abuse. For more information, log on to www.childhelp.org, facebook.com/childhelp or twitter.com/childhelp.