Sleep Country co-founder and executive co-chair Christine Magee announced that the company will replace the beds and bedding at PEI Family Violence Prevention Services Anderson House, a Charlottetown emergency shelter for women and children affected by domestic violence. The beds, pillows, mattress covers and sheets will be delivered and set up at the shelter this week.
“We know women and their children are the ones most likely affected by domestic violence. On any given day in Canada, more than 3,300 women, along with their 3,000 children, are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence,” says Magee, who made the announcement at Sleep Country’s new Charlottetown store. “Facilities like Anderson House are critical to helping women affected by domestic violence. Providing new beds to Anderson House is something meaningful we could do right away to give back to this community. We hope that with a better night’s sleep and the safety and support of Anderson House, these women can start to rebuild their lives.”
Sleep Country will provide 12 twin mattresses, 1 double mattress, and 1 queen mattress, in addition to pillows, protective encasements, mattress covers, and sheet sets to replace bedding for all of the beds at Anderson House.
“Anderson House offers support and services to women and children experiencing violence in their lives. We believe that rest is an essential part of the healing process and new beds and bedding will provide residents with the comfort required to help them begin their healing process,” says Danya O’Malley, manager of operations at Anderson House.
Sleep Country is also offers a Bed Donation Program that makes used beds available, for free, to those in need. Mattresses that can’t be repurposed through the Bed Donation Program are 100% recycled. In 2015, Sleep Country donated over 49,000 mattresses and foundations to families in need. In addition, the company recycled over 92,000 mattresses that could not be donated to charity.