Long chilly winters and blustery rainy days make staying dry with raincoats and warm jackets a necessity for Pacific Northwest residents. Unfortunately, many foster children don’t have a proper coat to keep them bundled up and cozy during the cooler months and often outgrow their jackets before foster families can replace them. Sleep Country’s USA annual coat drive for foster kids is one way to keep children warm this winter.
Sleep Country USA is hosting its annual Coat Drive for Foster Kids now through October 30. With more than 10,000 Northwest children entering foster care each year, the small donation of one warm coat can make a big difference in the everyday lives of these children.
There are Sleep Country stores in Auburn (1540 Industry Dr SW) as well as Bonney Lake (9403 192nd Ave E) where coats can be dropped off. Business hours at both locations are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. Click here to search for a store at another location.
The mattress company’s school supplies for foster kids program collected more than 56,000 items for Northwest students. It was Sleep Country USA’s most successful school supply drive, according to Tanya Mahr, communications spokesperson for the company.
“Thanks to community donations ... throughout Oregon and Washington, a partnership with Wild Waves Theme Park to collect items for discount admission at two Wild Waves Days for Foster Families this summer, and local businesses such as Regence of Tacoma and Burlington that hosted their own collection drives, this was Sleep Country’s most successful school supply drive yet.”
Sleep Country distributed the items among its foster children organization partners throughout the region.