Disadvantaged Alaskan children receive new beds
Sumner, Washington-based manufacturer Sound Sleep Products, in partnership with retailer Mattress Ranch, has donated 1,000 new mattresses to disadvantaged children between the ages of 5 and 15 who are living in 18 remote Alaskan towns and villages.
The gift was part of the Boys and Girls Club of Alaska’s Beds for Kids program.
Lynden Transport provided free shipping to Alaska and several aircraft operators donated space on small planes for final deliveries to the remotest villages. Deliveries were made to farflung regions of Alaska, including the Arctic Slope, Bering Strait, Bristol Bay and Lower Yukon.
“These beds are likely the only mattress these children have ever owned,” said Guy Klabunde of the Boys and Girls Club of Alaska. “We are so appreciative of the generous donation and the impact that these mattresses will make in the children’s lives.”
John Larsen, Sound Sleep Products chief executive officer, and Ted Sadtler of Mattress Ranch, accompanied the first delivery by air to the village of Tyonek, population 193, located on the Kenai Peninsula on Alaska’s southern coast.