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Donation helps make sleep a little easier

October 10, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Struggling veterans and families are resting easier this month.

Local mattress retailer MattressLand & Furniture teamed up with Tempur Sealy International Inc. to donate more than 80 Tempur-Pedic mattresses to West Care Arizona.

The beds benefit the community’s struggling veterans and families with small children in need.

“It’s like Christmas in October for so many families and WestCare’s residential houses,” said Cheryl DeBatt, West Care Arizona area director.

Mike Merrigan, owner of MattressLand & Furniture, grew up in the area and said he’s a proud supporter of West Care.

“We’ve always tried to give back to the community,” Merrigan said.

Since the first MattressLand opened in 2006, the company has grown to three locations in Mohave County, including Bullhead City, Fort Mohave and Kingman.

Each year, Tempur Sealy International donates tens of thousands of Tempur-Pedic mattresses to charities from coast to coast, including Ronald McDonald Houses and American Cancer Society Hope Lodges, as well as to firefighters, first responders and organizations that support the military.

“We partner with select retailers throughout the country,” said Lucas Verbish, Tempur Sealy International territory manager. “MattressLand & Furniture is such an active part of this community and we are very happy to assist with this donation. We hope those receiving these beds enjoy the benefits of a great night’s sleep.”

WestCare’s Safe House is a place many women and children call home when fleeing from domestic violence situations, DeBatt said. More than 200 individuals and families come through the Safe House doors annually.

“With this generous donation, WestCare was able to replace all very worn mattresses with the Tempur-Pedic mattresses,” DeBatt said. “Both of our sober living facilities received these new mattresses, which were very much needed.”

Families that WestCare helps with relocating often only have the essentials for living, DeBatt said.

“Many adults were sleeping on the floor so their children could sleep on a mattress. I tell you, there were some tears when they received these new beds.”

Veterans United received mattresses for veterans and their families, some of whom never have had a bed to sleep on, DeBatt said. Praise Chapel received mattresses for its men’s facility as well.

“It meant a lot,” said Praise Chapel Bullhead City Pastor Allen Cates. “We’re full in the men’s home. They were really nice mattresses and so much better than what the guys had. We try to help all we can and we can use all the help we get and we’re very grateful for the donation.”

DeBatt agreed.

“We can’t thank MattressLand & Furniture and Tempur Sealy enough for this generous donation,” she said. “You truly can’t put a price on a good night’s sleep and our residents are so fortunate to be the beneficiaries of this thoughtful donation.”

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