1-800-Mattress & Local Partners Begin Distributing 3,000 Temporary Air Mattresses in Hurricane Katrina Affected Areas

Sep 12, 2005, 01:00 ET from 1-800-Mattress

    NEW YORK, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- 3,000 temporary air mattresses started
 arriving this weekend to shelters in Louisiana and Alabama through a regional
 donation program led by 1-800-Mattress and its distributors in the Southeast.
     Shortly after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina was reported,
 1-800-Mattress executives in New York were in touch with their distributors in
 the region to assess the affects of damage and how they could assist them and
 residents in the area. After a series of calls and contact with national
 relief organizations, a determination was made that vinyl air mattresses,
 manually inflatable, were best suited for the donation, as they can be used on
 any surface and then deflated and folded down for mobility.
     Johnson Furniture in Bossier City, LA identified a need for 1,500 air
 mattresses for the Summer Grove Disaster Relief Center in Shreveport, which is
 providing temporary shelter for residents evacuated from points farther south,
 750 air mattresses are going to the Red Cross in New Orleans through Bedding
 Plus in New Orleans, LA, and Union Furniture Co. in Tuscaloosa, AL expedited
 getting the 750 air mattresses to the local Red Cross and Salvation Army
 relief efforts in their area.
     "When we learned of the devastation, Joe Vicens, our executive in charge
 of our national sales program was in quick touch with our partners in the
 region to see how we could be of help. Though many of them had business
 interruptions themselves, they were all concerned about their local citizens
 and together, we devised a strategy to help," said Luis Barragan, president
 and chief operating officer of 1-800-Mattress.
     For many years, 1-800-Mattress has helped disaster victims. After 9/11,
 the company donated more than 300 mattresses to the New York City Fire
 Department and last year, the company sent a truckload of mattresses to South
 Florida following the devastation caused by Hurricane Charley.
     "We know that in times of crisis such as these, exhaustion and sleep
 deprivation are a part of the health concerns facing victims and rescue
 workers," Barragan added. "We are grateful to our local partners such as
 Bedding Plus, Johnson Furniture and Union Furniture Co. who helped us get the
 temporary bedding to the local communities who needed assistance most. We hope
 that in a small way, we can bring a bit of comfort and rest to the victims of
 this terrible tragedy."
     Founded in 1976, 1-800-Mattress is the nation's leading marketer of
 bedroom furnishings, enabling consumers to purchase a vast array of
 mattresses, box springs and bedding accessories by phone and Internet 24/7.
 The company also operates 47 retail stores in New York, New Jersey,
 Connecticut, Maryland and California. It features products by Sealy, Serta,
 Simmons, King Koil, Nation's Pride and Tempurpedic in 69 styles including odd
 sizes, futons and electric beds.
      Contact:  Jerry Schranz/Stan Steinreich
                Steinreich Communications

SOURCE 1-800-Mattress