Share the Gift of Sleep Blog

Welcome to our blog, where we’ll share news and updates from our Gift of Sleep mattress donation program.  We hope to inspire YOU to get involved with one of the many organizations we partner with that serve women and children in crisis. 

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Did you know…that nearly 70% of all sexual assault victims are children ages 17 and under? Unfortunately, many of these children do not talk about their abuse or tell anyone.

In recognition of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Sleep Experts asks you to join us as we salute our community partners, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and Center for Child Protection, for their work to keep all of our children safe from harm.

What can you do to help? Visit the web sites for these organizations and learn more about how to prevent and recognize abuse.

And then TALK about it.

Because there is NO excuse for child abuse.


Saint Louise House apartment makeover

This week we were able to help an Austin family in need, by providing a complete apartment makeover for a mother and her children who are residents at Saint Louise House, a homeless shelter for women and children. Our Austin Share the Gift of Sleep team was onsite all afternoon putting together this new home for the family. You can view photos here.

Since Sleep Experts came into Austin two years ago, we have donated 60 beds to Saint Louise House families. We are extremely grateful for all of our customers who have donated their old mattresses to be refurbished for our Share the Gift of Sleep program, and for our employee volunteers that helped make this great makeover happen!


Our Dwell with Dignity partnership

Sleep Experts community partner Dwell with Dignity is a non-profit group of Interior Designers and volunteers who provide and install home interiors for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. Through our partnership, Sleep Experts donates beds for Dwell with Dignity room installs, as every install requires at least one mattress and box spring.  In 2013, Dwell with Dignity used 26 mattress sets donated by Sleep Experts, and in 2014, they plan to complete 15 apartments which will all require donated mattresses. "For many families, these new mattresses are the children’s first opportunity to have a real bed of their own," says Rachel Buxkamper, Director of Development for Dwell with Dignity. "By having the mattresses donated by our friends at Sleep Experts, we are able to help out more families and change many more lives than would be possible if we had to purchase mattresses for every install." Check out these photos of the beautiful rooms designed by Dwell with Dignity, using beds donated by Sleep Experts.

A special Christmas wish for Krystal

Our friends at 94.9 KLTY came to us with a special Christmas Wish and we knew we had to help. Krystal, a single mother of four, was already struggling to make ends meet when she suddenly lost her youngest son Seth to an asthma attack last month. We visited Krystal a few days before Christmas to bring beds for the children and gifts for everyone, including a new home computer. Sleep Experts is also going to pay Krystal's car note and rent for the next year. We love participating in the KLTY Christmas Wish every year, and this is one we won't soon forget. Fox 4 News was there for the wish grant - you can watch their news segment here. You can also watch a longer video from KLTY on our Videos page


400 beds for needy families at Christmas

It was an honor for Sleep Experts to once again participate in SM Wright Foundation's 15th annual Christmas in the Park event Dec. 21 at Fair Park in Dallas. Christmas in the Park brings the joy of the holiday season to thousands of families in need, many who stood in line in the rain to receive toys, bikes, clothes, groceries - and beds! This year we donated 400 mattress sets for the event, and I want to thank all the wonderful Sleep Experts staff who volunteered with their own families to Share the Gift of Sleep this holiday season.