WINFIELD, W.Va. - Mattress retailer Mattress Warehouse will deliver five mattress sets to Parkersburg's Latrobe St. Mission Wednesday. The donation is the result of a December Facebook campaign waged by Mattress Warehouse and its parent company, Innovative Mattress Solutions (IMS).
Last week, Mattress Warehouse donated five mattresses to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Marietta.
To celebrate the company's 30th anniversary, Mattress Warehouse earlier this year gave away a queen mattress set each week for 30 weeks in what they called their "Sleep Stakes" promotion. People registered each week on Facebook, and the weekly winner was selected by random drawing. In December, IMS asked its 30 Sleep Stakes winners to nominate local charities to receive another 30 mattresses.
Mattress Warehouse dubbed the more recent, charitable campaign the Gift of Sleep.
"This year we gave away 30 new mattresses to celebrate our company's 30th anniversary," said IMS owner Kim Knopf." In December, we asked our 30 winners to nominate charities in their hometowns. The top six vote-getting charities, based on Facebook likes, are receiving five mattresses each."
Fifteen of IMS's 30 Sleep Stakes winners answered the call and nominated local charities in their own communities.
Facebook voting ran Dec. 13-24. The Latrobe St. Mission, nominated by week 29 Sleep Stakes winner Tracy Browning of Mineral Wells, is the third of the six charitable organizations to receive their five donated mattresses.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society, the second charitable organization to receive mattress donations, was nominated by week 18 winner Theresa Clift of Marietta. The organization was founded in Paris in 1833 to help the poor. The Marietta chapter is affiliated with St. Mary Catholic Church.