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Foster Kids Support

Mar 14, 2014|

A discussion with Gina Davis, the Director of Branding for Sleep Country USA, about their amazing Foster Kids Program and their upcoming annual Pajama Bowl benefit event. www.pajamabowl.com

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-- -- in a mattress goes to series of interviews with people of interest in northwest ordinance southwest Washington. I'm your host -- ten Douglas it is always a delight for me when I get returning champion and I have to say that over the five years so I've been doing the show this is my most. Frequent guest please welcome to the show from six Kenji USA's. Foster kids program Gena Davis -- Gina. It so didn't figure for coming back on the show and I think. Boy I don't know if I've been doing this for 45 years somewhere in that range then you've been on like four times a year. Asks can we could be near and wanting. The pre I area that's amazing that's amazing book it's program that -- the d.s secret USA -- gets -- certainly it is a program that deserves all of that attention you guys do. Really fantastic stuff but to get things kicked off lets give our listeners a little bit of background on yourself and how you came to be with the -- its program there. I was potentially to countries decided -- is create a program specifically based on one charity we get a little bit of everything and we really wanted to how confident. Adam and pick one cause it really Allen and and dedicate our advertising in our stores and our warehouse space in all of our employees -- to participate in the program. And I just happened to come on when you for stripping the program to -- that kind of benefit since the beginning you know I watched it grow from its first strived on now. Hundreds of thousands of donations. And yelling and from there. Money raised hundreds of thousands of dollars raised as well so it's it's been great to see the community continue Q. -- support this program and support Foster kid then even in years for the economy you know has been suffering we've never seen donations. Dropped the only thing people help more out there it's a very rewarding program for Foster kids and our employees just Cuba you know he's -- impact. And neither is a little bit of an unusual situation because. For this program anyway because. A lot of times we'll have businesses on local businesses or even national disclosures -- little come on partnered with a charity. Sound silicon Libby need the funding arm of that charity but you guys are the rare instance where indeed charities actually an arm of the company itself. US and non profit branch. Yet we did we decided and you create our round vs just. You know rating attacked or you know there's lots of different carried advocate great text you would have them do that. The backcourt we really wanted to trying to make -- a heart of our company and and run it at. You know -- that this is so much you can we put our business sense our advertising knowledge put our expertise to work. And make a huge impact across all the regions. That we you know that we keep it -- And then not to mention that Sarah your biggest company you've got all these resources you've got the warehouse space you've got the trucks etc. Yeah. We both typical T utilized every everybody and our businesses and everybody has their hand. And he even you know and a hot tickets program we don't -- aware and other. And sleep country of course is one of those companies that is -- employee -- everyone. This has piece of the company has a piece of this and of itself. Very cool vertical love that it goes all the way through. To the company and actually. Over the holidays here thinks it's I spoke to you last. My daughter and I were running around during Christmas shopping and whatever and I. She's five years old my oldest and I had the opportunity to kind of Syria -- -- money where my mouth is here I speak so much on the show backing kids in early in helping with the donations are making a charitable person early on so. I was kind of taken her around do little little window shopping and get an idea what she wanted fir Christmas presents when not. And we are in the Disney store and nice sent her is like well -- would you like to buy something nice for. Someone else has -- that point as a junior toy drive -- be -- guys do different drive like all through the -- you guys do was a six different drives. Yeah yeah. And and so we -- I had her pick out a two -- like what what is something you would want and and I had her book to counter and -- and then we took it to one of your locations. Out on 82. And took it in there and had her go in and then. The manager came out and have made a big deal written took her picture with a -- -- and she got to put it right there under the tree and and no you know that she was doing this for someone -- then it was really nice and so now she. She had does that offered for time to time we go into a toy store shall sail like Korean -- buy something for someone else today daddy. And it's you lose just like CNET came from speaking UN knowing that you guys have that available in your store. Yet we have tons of children. I I mean I would protect probably. A good third. Maybe even more are our children that actually donating are holding their own drive at their school or what their soccer -- -- -- -- you know or just parents using that as a good arms starting point to teach you know about giving -- thinking about -- and you know I know I take my kids. And for different -- then you know -- -- shops or she's be shopped for clothes I think it's an important lesson. Many -- Lifelong you know lifelong adult I will continue to get to others. It's -- you have there that toy drive and then what the other drives you've got going on its -- -- Got up -- -- drives you've got a clothing dry and artists beauty drive at this school supply drive on and then summer we bring in hundreds. Thousands of school supplies. Which is. It -- people are warehoused and that's nice. The -- guys they're inundated daily limits -- and Malkin is that a backpack can pencil -- and all that it just. So impressive to see the outpouring a lot of people and -- get it. -- the -- I think that the toy drive. Been issued dragon a coat drive could potentially all the essential I don't and believe -- prep program together we thank -- -- nonprofit group that what you need assistance with what what is. Where -- a hole where the gap but you know what could we help -- parent her diet. That they can you know. It's that they can provide and other ways that still aren't you know that there still are having her can be mass. And right now you guys are getting ready for a year -- ball which will. Gets you more dinner here in -- second you can find out all about it after GM -- dot com we're obviously country dot com and follow the links he can find out all about how to participate in in such a fun event wolf we'll get -- all the details in the second but let's talk about it. Well why. Foster kids why do these families need all of these items throughout the year. Get that group how to make -- that hot tickets come in and many times with no infections. Often times the clothing on their back. That you can imagine and you get very little noticed the child has -- pulled from the home for whatever reason whether it be. Do you think -- and sometimes even at the death and I can't remember -- just want to care for the child anymore and and that the child is coming at your home a very government and you have to immediately provide. Everything that child needs. From shoes and socks and underwear and jam as the school supplies coat. And McNamee really get a call and the stipend that Foster parents received. And research actually shows that it would be to increase by 80% to cover the average costs they that's raising a child so there's a big gap in between. What I'm your children I have and what we you know and that helped Foster parents are provided. Yet there seems to be a lot of myths out there about Foster parents and what they received from the government I recently had a a conversation with a very good friend of mine on FaceBook who. Was just gonna -- very open about it they started discussion he's like I've been wrestling with this idea went to even think about giving to different charities and plus Jewish kids programs come up. And I I just how hard time giving to order to flip the group of people who do get these big government stipends and it was actually comes to give you that -- able to go aluminum excuse me but that's. No information is patently false that that is wrong cat and here are some places you can do some research and and find that out the other than they don't get. And not enough money mile long shots it to the cover these expenses and I think anybody who has children can certainly relate to that that is that kids are. Far more expensive than you might think. It's not like for children you can give them a parishes and you're done -- -- -- -- -- mean they came they where screwed up other changes that you need. I'm close by he then and you needed by diet than you needed you know instantly and and your -- make sure that they feel good about themselves and what they're receiving that is not. Yeah I mean QQ Warren or. You know we wanna make sure that their self confidence is is there. Well that's such a huge thing to do you have these kids to their entire world's gone away. Everything they know is god. -- a -- Ambien may come back to feel the situation but chances are good day is probably not gonna be the same again. And they're being put into a new school there putting it into a new house with a new family everything is different so anything they can have that is from their own. That they have they is their possession I know we'll try not to be defined by our possessions but it is a large part of especially when you're kidding you're going into a social situation like. A grade school high school junior high. Some what you have what you all will you Wear all that stuff. Is huge. Indian helping you to have your own identity and and that's wouldn't get Fuzzy feeling you when you give to these causes like this and give to. -- the Foster kids program -- country that's what it's. It's -- an -- to tell when those kids and then I also like we say it's helping these wonderful wonderful people who opened up their homes. Who do need. That financial and material help a lot. Yet they don't -- the Foster parents and that and taught your children in that. And the more than receiving the issues they're receiving the -- you know often kind of a common. On the pot than a pocket common -- up all of our donations and there I said just he -- -- that someone is thinking of that. It's trying to help them or not and then you know by themselves they may have had a challenging time you know trust your children aren't. That's what they're really coming into their home and just carefree child that a lot of trauma and things happen that you know that they have to overcome but today. We wanna help you that you know somebody is supporting your family are helping. Do you helping these children as well you know make a very big difference. Yeah yeah huge. If you're just joining us here listening to -- to scope a series of interviews with people of interest in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. I'm your host tell Douglass my guess to me is Gena Davis from sleep country USA's Foster kids program and we're talking about although wonderful it -- may do in. And getting materials and getting money. To these Foster families that could really really really use your help and I mentioned money there it should be said if you go to sleep country dot com. You can't. Click on donate button and then give some money if you don't have time to do some shopping and give to one of these tribes and we mentioned earlier that they have six different tribes throughout the years for her various. Purposes is school supplies. Toys for the holidays. Clothing pajamas eccentric you can get any of this stuff at any time during the year. Does take it to a sleep country location and they have they have their barrels their employees are all involved they know what to do when you bring some finance. And they're hugely appreciative there there are very nice and you bring something and which is which is nice city you leave with a warm for the it's kind of list. And so let's talk about which has got going on right now it is time once again before the pajama baldness is a very fun event for the whole family. Yes that it's often abandoned that are not ninety annual ones to the southern nine hours to jam a -- a year. Which seemed crazy in itself but that Saddam main refinery there -- set up collecting items and the one tiny Adobe toll collect funds. And it's really important -- what these funds are going towards is extracurricular activities for Foster kids Blake. Baseball or swim lessons -- they have classes -- pottery ER I heard her. You know whatever around the you know -- that's what I very you know your children participate and that you know our if you can think back to your child couldn't say. That really helped me define who I am you know learning important social skills are learning your -- -- -- or you know finding ways to handle strategies different activities that can he can really making a huge impact. And there are you know when their life. Picture. Sure it's so this event itself is it's kind of a social event it's a sporting event and and something that that gets you together and and bond there. The family their friends whatever is this kind of in spirit of the whole thing. And so we let's get into the nitty gritty what is that the -- mobile. -- the event. -- yet this here Sunday April 27 and and -- getting it is added big Al Golding and -- and -- -- -- you've spent about bowling I us. It many times about -- -- them. It's cool when you walk and it looks it is -- a gigantic ski lodge what -- cartoon ski lodge it's very cool. Yes it's very fun and and Dorgan -- Bennett actually one of our favorite and we have you know -- hundred people essentially it's game five you registered can aside. They can be -- that can be you know -- a core -- group of friends it could be family I think kids that participate and you got prepping your -- And you ball for Foster kids that you basically registered a game and then you can start fundraising online we've got all the tools therefore you a lot of social. He can collect tag. And or you can make it straight donation and the minimum donation -- 250 dollars which is about fifty dollars a person. Yeah that should be easily done. Easy adding to posting on socially and get a ton of donations. You know just straight there -- -- people have a lot of fun -- that they get you know really being didn't dress that would there. Yeah as we -- have built a winning team -- Back again as and it's really fun prizes. Throughout the event the grand prize -- when the entire thing is that beauty rest. World -- match -- the person on the team. That's very nice and I see here that you did have an event a goal of 30000 dollars for that these for the B -- location and 840 has been raised so far so we got a little bit of time here 3% of the goals -- treasury do you read a lot more money so again. Two years. Yet over the years you've raised over 750000. Dollar loan that school. This is cool and and make a huge difference -- it's I mean honestly it that kind of fun just you never seemed that. A group of you know like a big group of really happy people like me -- They're dressed created -- and you know bullying and having snack and every look everybody in the room -- intoxicated that's. It's it's inspiring. And that's so cool I'm and so. Is there one particular program that this much money is going to or is it has spread out over various schools and community organizations. What's funny is that organic and donations and organ in the Washington donations and Washington in Seattle Washington chemicals while. And US that he actually get a pick out which cannot process because we have we have a you know over a dozen nonprofit that our program support you get a tech which nonprofit that you want your team to support and they actually Pagliuca. It's nonprofit what they're planning on doing with the chemical dollars. So you can do you know look at like each one then you get him you -- -- -- where you want your money impact which which is great. Well that's fantastic that's fantastic -- you get very specific you know exactly what you're going after we're going to support. That is so aren't so empty -- can have up to five people on a team you need a total of five Borough -- can you have less. -- -- Both -- is that the maximum is five. Okay and that you people ever team up with disparate value he's got -- people -- -- three people who your. You get down the Youth -- -- glad budget team this -- -- candidate winning the -- credit can aggregate three isn't nearly as had to pick guard for finding. You know who cares there's. Quite a few baby is that -- -- -- little ones you know they're toddlers they may not be -- ball but it's fun and they. You know they like they look cute and adorable Marion and there are a few days it's it's funny to see how creative. You know people get put up there around you know -- dammit we keep it and a traveling soon. Yes -- -- who believes the the news the sexy -- make calls and home at. This is it's there it's there really it's really fun atmosphere at that often bowling Alley they have great should there is while yes they do on the why -- the fun Sunday afternoon and you know keep got kids and things like that it's a fun family event. And you now. I played Sudanese say they're great little fundraisers. This is brochure it's just keep dale and everything else you know baseball you know cause. Mike -- is the captain of our team every year and -- Actively goes out and -- Have raised that you know fund for for our team that it's it's a whole lot of fun. Well right -- and you might think they -- -- raise enough money -- -- -- shook the event find out there's some kid down the lane that's time. There is a lot more than yeah so get on and now the two shown. Allen probably how how people yes people get very creative with how they -- and you know -- might have people Gilligan Mary in other business -- And there's several different companies that actually admitted that he milling about and they may have like 45 teams -- -- -- would -- rounds. Co workers are sometimes mimic their family members in with their co workers. Which is pretty -- them and there's people hold could have held bake sales and car washes -- You know we're always surprised but he -- the different ways that people can can help raise money and and really. I and then you know we have a very high repeat rates so you know once you've attended one and you start. Calling at six months in advance going winning the next gala ball out. Well there's just something -- do something about wearing your pajamas in public it kind of I think hearkens back to year you know slumber party days and just kind of wait until all are funded in -- Still more portrayal. I tell you know when you keep people all over town and yes. This is on April Tony that if they're headed for the began a ball. That's right and when you talk about the grand prize he have their. The Simmons beauty rest world class mattress sets if you will. And amateur runner up prizes that you guys. Have these points so you can earn and you do earn extra points for wearing the pajamas so it's important you do Wear pajamas. And didn't what is looks like 25 points for every player who wears pajamas and then if all five people on a team where did you -- another hundred points so little elves. In the. Here's some people -- like -- I'm not wearing gas. Is that once they got that right everyone's wearing did have a. Yeah you're the odd man out if you're not wearing pajamas -- -- and everyone is doing -- wearing pretty pretty -- now. And then you -- is also have like some raffles and things like that thing on during the event in addition -- -- lose to another fund that just comes with being a big else. Which I -- south. Great raffle items that you can -- I wrapped up again -- -- yet to see if you can you know can -- and out of different different prizes and yet there's been. Autographed memorabilia have we look at a lottery -- -- and TV stations you know what actually tencor. Fingers -- fans and things like that and would that we had you know chips to the code Houston alpha the things that people -- to try to help raise. Additional additional funds. Ending you know speaking of that if you do you own a business and you're hearing this and think you might have a service or something you can donate for that kind of thing. Yes the country Lear created for me on that -- That's certainly check and also how do people sign up for this. They just dedicated to country dot com -- to jam a ball that -- you can register your team. It's only a couple minutes. And then you can start fundraising straightaway at its rocket hit the whole thing secondly you know we have ample post -- FaceBook and email you can get everything straight from the tour which -- -- them. If you busy on April 27 and can't participate you can also just make a donation and off the coast towards extracurricular activities for Foster kids. Yeah I mean those are the bullying is nice and it's fun and everything but freely with. So much money -- -- it had just risen to Amy get a team together and just raise money that their works do. Just -- appreciated that's that's wonderful. -- I think it is nice these guys do provide all those tools are on the website so we -- what's -- registered you can post a link to your team sports page. And keep track the money right there makes very very simple and I know this sounds like like a plug but I just can't reiterate enough that that the als is a wonderful place it's really more. Really fun it's it's fun for everyone in the family I've gone there with just my wife I've gone there with my kids. It's really a fun place and in my -- received a police and already looks so class solely cartoonish. -- -- uncovered a million people in pajamas it's it really makes for a wonderful fun environment. -- -- -- Awesome location I mean yeah if there isn't a -- one that I know -- and you know they're huge and they have the other very clean and keep their family friendly and I have to say working you know all of the places different fundraisers. There employees. Are wonderful lake -- -- you haven't received better customer terrorists and their employees there's there's still great and they actually get their own came together and they do everything they can generate money for prospects for the program that's. You'll you'll have a great time -- The other one of those companies -- -- wrapped up with a number of charities throughout the year they -- to get involved in the community which is -- -- so let's go over the details again your -- coming up on the end of our time that'll make sure that we mentioned. That is sleep country USA's Foster kids program. They're pajama bowl that is the ninety year so he said yep -- -- it's on April 27 had big -- in beaver attend. And then there is also in their -- are otherwise if you're listening outside of puritan. We're outside the Portland area there are other ones like Indian -- in Washington where's the nearest one in Washington. To -- it went in Kirkland Washington and another -- classes there and you know way up -- -- Call -- those are all the same day so maybe just go to -- mobile -- common look that up that I -- although the information there and right next. The button to register there's the London donate stuff if you just can't make dinner did distance delegates in the cards and you want to just throw a few bucks any amount will do. All the goes to help out these wonderful families that take in Foster children we give up there in their home and give up their time in their money -- to help these kids out who desperately need help in such a time of need. And again these are kids that are being taken out of any number of situations it can be something dire can be something that's a dire but it is almost immediate hit and it is almost always terrifying for the kids so anything you can do to help these Stanley support these kids in need boys and appreciated. So Wesley country dot com or the -- Bulldog come and get involved again they do drives throughout the years you can check back to see what's going on. You can also donate any of -- stuff -- there be school supplies to jam us coats blankets that you have suffered throughout the year they're they're happy to take it and used to that any any sleep country USA. Location which you know as we've discussed before if you open your door and throw a rock outside you will hit one they are everywhere I had some hope. Could get on that while such such wonderful working as a Dylan thank you so much. Another wonderful program with my favorite cast in a Davis thank you so much for coming on the show today thank. All right that'll do it for this edition of mattress company Entercom communications public affairs program I've been your host Ted Douglas. 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