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Retailer Donates More Than 300 Mattresses to Bowery Mission Shelters

By Lisha Arino | July 16, 2015 10:09am
 Leesa, an online mattress retailer, will donate more than 300 mattresses to the Bowery Mission's facilities across the city.
Leesa Donates Mattresses to Bowery Mission
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LOWER EAST SIDE — The men and women staying with the Bowery Mission will sleep a little more soundly in the next few months, thanks to a donation of more than 300 new luxury mattresses.

Online mattress retailer Leesa delivered the first batch of mattresses to the Mission’s flagship location at 227 Bowery on Wednesday morning, carrying them up four flights of stairs and placing them in dozens of bunk-bed frames.

New bedding will be placed in all four of the nonprofit’s residential programs for men and women throughout the city, according to the Bowery Mission, which provides shelter, clothing and recovery services for the homeless.

“It’s amazing,” said Bowery Mission CEO David P. Jones. “I’ve got brand new, luxury mattresses that the men and women coming for services can now sleep on at night. It’s going to be life-changing for people.”

The donation amounted to about $100,000 in savings for the organization, so it can now focus its funding on other needs, Jones said.

Leesa — a Virginia-based startup that recently won $9 million from private equity firm TitleCard Capital — donated the mattresses as part of its “One-Ten” program. For every 10 of its premium foam mattresses sold, the company donates one to a homeless shelter, said Leesa CEO and co-founder David Wolfe.

“Helping you give your guests a little more dignity is really what our ‘one-in-ten’ program is all about,” Wolfe told Jones at a press conference at the mission.