Ronald McDonald House Receives 106 Sleep Number Beds
MINNEAPOLIS, Mar. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Select Comfort Corporation (Nasdaq: SCSS), the nation's leading bed retailer, is donating 106 SLEEP NUMBER(R) beds plus bedding accessories to the new Ronald McDonald House(R) of Los Angeles. Select Comfort will deliver and set-up the beds on Tuesday, March 4, 2008.
"We are thrilled to receive Select Comfort's generous gift of Sleep Number beds," said Vincent Bryson, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Los Angeles. "This generous gift helps us provide much-needed and appreciated comfort to our families during their stay at this home-away-from-home."
Good Support for Better Sleep
Each year, thousands of families stay at Ronald McDonald Houses while their children receive medical treatment at nearby hospitals. These family members frequently experience stress and anxiety that can disrupt sleep schedules, cause insomnia and provoke a greater occurrence of daytime sleepiness. It is during these stressful times that restorative sleep is needed most for recovery and healing.
In 2001, Select Comfort was named the "Official Bed Provider" for Ronald McDonald House Charities(R) with an initial donation of 146 Sleep Number(R) beds -- one for each Ronald McDonald House in the United States. To date, the company has donated more than 5,000 Sleep Number beds to Ronald McDonald Houses across North America.
"Watching a child struggle with a serious illness is difficult and exhausting, to say the least. Through our support of Ronald McDonald Houses, we hope to help families with sick children get a better night's sleep so they have the energy they need during the day to be strong and supportive," said Bill McLaughlin, president and chief executive officer for Select Comfort.
The Sleep Number bed utilizes patented air-chamber technology that allows the mattress to be quickly adjusted for personalized comfort on each side of the bed via a hand-held remote control. A Sleep Number is a number between zero and 100 which represents the ideal combination of mattress comfort, firmness and support for each individual.
More Sleep Number beds and various bedding accessories will be donated to Ronald McDonald Houses across the country this year. To date, Select Comfort and its employees have donated more than 5,000 Sleep Number beds, nearly 9,000 employee volunteer hours, and more than $1.5 million in contributions from employee payroll deductions and other fundraising activities. Select Comfort's long-term goal is to provide a Sleep Number bed for each of the bedrooms in the Ronald McDonald Houses nationwide.
The Ronald McDonald House Story
Ronald McDonald House was created through the leadership of Fred Hill, a former Philadelphia Eagles player, and his wife Fran, who grew tired of sleeping on hospital furniture while their young daughter received leukemia treatments. Each House is run by a local nonprofit organization comprised of members of the medical community, business and civic leaders, parents/volunteers and McDonald's owners/operators. The average stay is approximately eighteen days, and since 1974 the program has helped more than 3 million family members. Ronald McDonald House is the cornerstone program of Ronald McDonald House Charities, a non-profit, 501(c). The Charity creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children worldwide through its global network of local Charities. For more information, visit http://www.rmhc.org.
About Select Comfort
Founded more than 20 years ago, Select Comfort Corporation is the
nation's leading bed retailer (1). Based in Minneapolis, the company
designs, manufactures, markets and supports a line of adjustable-firmness
mattresses featuring patented air-chamber technology, branded the Sleep
Number bed, as well as foundations and sleep accessories. SELECT COMFORT(R)
products are sold through its more than 470 company-owned stores located
across the United States; select bedding retailers; direct marketing
operations; and online at http://www.sleepnumber.com.
(1) Top 25 Bedding Retailers, Furniture/Today, August 2007
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