Sleep Country Helps Foster Kids Step on the School Bus Confidently

Annual collection drive asks community to donate essential tools for a successful school year

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Seattle – July 29, 2013 – Remember getting on the bus for the first day of school? Nerve wracking, right? Now imagine starting a new school with new teachers and classmates after moving into an unfamiliar home. That’s the reality for many foster children, which can make starting a new school year even scarier. Sleep Country, the Northwest’s number one mattress retailer, aims to ease foster kids’ first-day jitters with its annual collection of school supplies.

Beginning today through September 8th, the Sleep Country Foster Kids program is accepting donations of new school supplies at its more than 80 locations throughout the Northwest. Key items requested include 3-ring binders, loose-leaf paper, multi-subject notebooks, flash drives, pencils, and backpacks.

“Backpacks are always in demand with the school aged children that we work with. The kids are always so excited to receive a new one,” said Christie DeLangen, Therapist at Compass Health. “Good quality backpacks are an expensive school supply, and having them to give out allows the kids and our families to focus on other important needs. We are so grateful for the help and support of Sleep Country and the generous donors who make an incredible impact on the lives of local foster youth.”

Help a foster child start the school year off right. Donate school supplies to a Sleep Country location near you, or donate online where Sleep Country employees can shop for school supplies on your behalf. You can also reach out to schools, clubs, sports teams or businesses in your area that would support the cause and Host-Your-Own-Drive. Remember that while “Not everyone can be a foster parent, anyone can help a foster child.”