Published: Aug 16, 2014 7:31 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 16, 2014 7:35 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla - Local foster children will be sleeping on new mattresses this school year thanks to the combined efforts of the Friends of Foster Children of Southwest Florida (FFC) and Tempur-Pedic North America, LLC.

On Saturday, August 16, over 100 twin-sized Tempur-Pedic mattresses will be available for foster families and caregivers to pick up at William C. Huff Companies warehouse in Naples.  Caregivers will be assigned a time to pick up their foster child's mattress just in time for the new school year.

Jane Billings, Executive Director of the Friends of Foster Children (FFC) notes that Tempur-Pedic North America, LLC has generously provided free mattresses for local foster children for the past three years and Jim Henderson, FFC Board member and owner/president of William C. Huff Companies, will be donating warehouse space and staff labor for the event again as well.

Tempur-Pedic believes everybody, especially children, deserves a good night's rest and statistics show that children with a better night's sleep tend to do much better in school. This is even more important for abused and neglected children who, through no fault of their own, are removed from their homes and in many cases moved from home to home.


FFC strives to do the best job possible to assist the hundreds of children that are currently in foster care or at risk of being removed from their homes and need support. When children are removed from their homes due to abandonment, serious neglect or abuse, it is often with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing or meager belongings stuffed into garbage bags. Torn from their homes, it is not hard to imagine their confusion and fear as they are placed with strangers. FFC recognizes that these children deserve to have their childhood kept intact and provides them with opportunities to become successful and strong adults.


The mission of Friends of Foster Children of Southwest Florida ("FFC") is to provide abused, neglected and abandoned children in Southwest Florida with the social, educational and financial support the state does not. FFC, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, focuses on filling in the gaps in the state system. FFC's support ranges from tutoring or after-school programs to enrichment activities that nurture the child's talents and passions.


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