This past weekend, 250 mattresses arrived at the Buckner Humanitarian Aid Center in Mesquite, Texas thanks to a donation from The Bed Boss, a popular mattress-in-a-bag online retailer headquartered in Chattanooga, Tenn.
In a sign of God’s eternal plan, the donation arrived in time for KCBI FM’s final day of its “Summer of Service,” where more than 100 volunteers made up of KCBI staff, listeners and local churches were already scheduled to come to the warehouse to serve.
“We were blessed to receive the large mattress donation from The Bed Boss at the same time KCBI helped fill our warehouse with strong and compassionate volunteers,” said Steve Watson, Buckner International’s director of aid and assistance. “The mattresses will provide relief and joy to vulnerable children and families served by Buckner.”
The Bed Boss donation of 3” sleep pad sizes include 80 twin, 55 twin XL, 55 full and 60 queen, which the KCBI volunteers helped to sort and inventory for distribution to those in need.
Watson estimates the majority of the mattresses will be used internationally in countries served by Buckner Family Hope Centers, such as Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. The additional mattresses, which the Bed Boss created as an ideal option for people who are displaced or without adequate housing, will be utilized for Buckner International’s humanitarian aid relief efforts.
Last year, one of The Bed Boss’ previously donated new mattresses made its way to Azucena Lopez, an 18-year-old girl served by the Buckner Family Hope Center in Xoxocotlan, Mexico, who had never slept in her own bed. To read about Lopez’s reaction, click here.
In addition to helping organize the mattress donation, many of the KCBI FM volunteers sorted shoes collected by Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls, which will be distributed to vulnerable children in Texas and internationally.