WorldBed to introduce 'Shelter Bed' mattress in Vegas

Bedding industry nonprofit WorldBed, based in Santa Ana, Calif., will debut a Shelter Bed design during the Las Vegas Market held July 30-Aug. 3.

The charity plans to donate as many as 2,000 of these modified twin mattresses to homeless shelters across Las Vegas as part of Project Beds for America. The campaign will launch during a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, at the World Market Center space C-1096.

WorldBed will exhibit at the Specialty Sleep Association space C-1350, where representatives from the nonprofit will be available to discuss sponsorship opportunities .

The Shelter Bed has a water-resistant nylon cover, a vinyl underside and an anti-bacterial foam core. Seams are sealed to resist bedbugs and reduce cross-contamination. The mattress can be wiped clean and does not require a protector or bottom sheet, which offers significant savings to shelters.

“While we will continue to answer the call of those in need around the world, Project Beds for America puts an emphasis on helping those here in the U.S. who do not have a proper bed to sleep in,” said Laura Castro, WorldBed president. “Project Beds for America will streamline our efforts domestically to provide mattresses to homeless shelters and other facilities where people are impacted by poverty, disaster or conflict.”

WorldBed is working with the state of Nevada, the city of Las Vegas, local chapters of the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and other local charities to distribute mattresses to six shelters in Las Vegas during the market. The shelters serve an estimated 44,000 homeless men, women and children in the city.

“The Las Vegas community is very thankful for Project Beds for America and we are honored to be the launch city for this national initiative,” said Maj. Robert Lloyd, Clark County coordinator for the Salvation Army. “During the hot summer months and year-round, the need for beds in our shelters is critical and these mattresses will be a tremendous asset for those who use our services.”

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