On Wednesday, Sept. 7, Wichita Furniture delivered nine Tempur-Pedic mattresses to the Wichita Children’s Home. Part of a 62-mattress donation, these beds were donated to the home’s upper-teenage boys.
“It’s really comfortable, and I like how it sits up higher than the old beds. It’s very soft,” said Mark, a resident of the Children’s Home, after receiving a new mattress.
Each holiday season, the staff at Wichita Furniture holds a vote to determine what charity will receive their donation. Last year’s vote yielded a surprising result.
“It was absolutely unanimous who they chose to donate to. I mean, the whole staff said ‘Children’s Home,’” said Jordan Storey, manager of Wichita Furniture.
Since then, Wichita Furniture has had a growing relationship with the Wichita Children’s Home.
This donation, however, was made possible through a partnership between Wichita Furniture and Tempur-Pedic.
“This is focused not just on us, but also on Tempur-Pedic,” Storey said.
This donation has been in the works for several months.
“It was a joint effort. We were working with them [the Wichita Children’s Home] on when they wanted their beds, because we didn’t want to just bombard them with 62 beds all at once, so it’s been a process, and it feels good to have that process finally completed. ”
The Wichita Children's Home
“We actually benefit from the generosity of the community every day,” said L. Kelly, Director of Communication and Grants at the Wichita Children’s home, “but large and ongoing donations like this really get our attention.”
The Wichita Children’s Home serves children from birth through age 24, providing them with clothes food, living accommodations, and more. The home cares for more than 115 children on any given day, and offers additional outreach to homeless and runaway teens. Through programs like these, the Home is able to serve over 1,500 children each year.
The Wichita Children’s Home relocated in February of this year, and is now at 7271 E. 37th Street. The new facility highlights dorm-style living for older residents with commons areas in each section, a great room, a law enforcement lounge, a foster care play room, an outdoor courtyard and more. The facility also highlights on-site counseling and an on-site nurse.
How You Can Help
If you would like to help, the Children's Home is in need of donations. New tennis shoes in adult sizes are needed, as are monetary gifts. Additionally, a complete wish list can be found here.