As US hospitals race to find beds for the surge of coronavirus patients, Serta has announced a plan to build on its earlier commitment to donate 10,000 mattresses.
The mattress brand has launched “Stay Home, Send Beds,” a programme that will facilitate bed donations for hospitals and temporary medical facilities nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitors to their website can purchase up to 10,000 beds to be distributed in the city of their choosing.
For every 25 beds donated through “Stay Home, Send Beds,” Serta will donate an additional bed on top of the 10,000 mattresses it committed to New York City hospitals on 26 March 2020. Those beds are currently in production and will begin shipping this week.
The need for hospital beds is significant. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and the University of Washington, 41 states will require more hospital beds than they currently have available due to the spread of coronavirus.
“At times like these, we all have to ask ourselves what we can do to help,” said Serta Simmons Bedding Chairman and CEO David Swift. “Serta Simmons Bedding understands the importance of giving back to those in need with the resources we have available, and we hope to encourage our fellow citizens and our fellow bedding manufacturers to do the same.”
All donations are being facilitated through a collaboration with Relief Bed International, a nonprofit organisation that provides beds to impoverished people and disaster victims around the world. To learn more and to contribute to the cause, you can visit their website here.