More than 100 youth and families received free mattresses Wednesday as part of a giveaway promoting better sleep and wellness.
Leesa, an online direct-to-consumer luxury mattress company, donated 111 new mattresses to Hillsides’ Youth Moving On program families.
The nonprofit serves youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood.
The giveaway also benefited families served by Hillsides’ Family Resource Centers, and Hillsides’ Foster Care and Adoptions program run by its affiliate Bienvenidos.
“This is the basics that all of us have, and these clients don’t have it,” said Hillsides Chief Advancement Officer Carrie Espinoza. “It will be really affirming to them, and show them that people care and are trying to help them improve their life.”
Leesa donates one mattress for every 10 they sell, and has provided more than 18,000 mattresses to date to nonprofits that serve people seeking refuge from homelessness, domestic risk and human trafficking.
“Sleep is a powerful thing,” said Jen-Ai Notman, social impact representative with Leesa. “We want people to wake feeling refreshed and ready to make the most of their education, or life.”
Dr. Drew Pinsky, better known as Dr. Drew, is a longtime supporter of Hillsides along with his wife, Susan, a former Hillsides gala chair. Both were on hand at the giveaway.
“Hillsides is doing it right, from top to bottom,” Pinsky said of Hillsides’ work. “These kids, these families, they’re tramautized and it takes a while to build trust and reengage with the world.”
Pinsky broadcast his daily KABC radio show, “Dr. Drew Midday Live with Mike Catherwood,” live on Wednesday before the giveaway at the Youth Moving On Peer Resource Center, just down the block."