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Many mattresses to benefit low-income residents

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Hundreds of mattresses donated by Sealy will benefit the Tualatin Community Warehouse, shown here. The Tualatin Community Warehouse received 150 mattresses last week as part of an effort between a local business and employment unions.

Thanks to cooperation between Sealy Mattress Manufacturing, a local branch of United Steelworkers union and the Teamsters 162 and 206 unions, more than 360 mattresses were donated to various nonprofit resource centers in the area this year.

Shailesh Patel, a representative for Sealy, recognized benefit organizations like the Community Warehouse, the Salvation Army, the Good Neighbor Center and Human Solutions centers for providing “life-changing support to families, children, veterans and others in need” on a daily basis.

Tom Elston, program manager at Community Warehouse, said the mattress section of the warehouse is often empty. He confirmed that he top items requested by low-income families are beds. The organization acts a “furniture bank,” collecting and distributing key household items and supplies to fill an average of 60 requests from low-income families and churches.



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