Relief Bed International has shipped mattresses to Poland to help refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine,
TACOMA, Wash. – As news outlets continue to tell the story families fleeing Ukraine, Scott Smalling, founder of Relief Bed International, developed a plan to ship mattresses to Poland to give refugees a place to rest.
The organization recently shipped 1,000 beds to Poland through its partner Convoy of Hope, and the groups are looking to send more with help through donations.
“This is an emergency humanitarian situation,” Smalling said, adding that the donation is the organization’s largest since its founding in 2015. “The entire world is watching the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and everyone is eager to help. This is a very tangible way for companies and individuals to get involved.”
Relief Bed is accepting donations to send additional beds to countries that are giving safe harbor to fleeing people. Since the Russian invasion, World Vision, another Relief Bed partner, reports that 1.5 million children have fled Ukraine; More than 3.6 million refugees need humanitarian assistance and 6.5 million people are displaced outside of Ukraine.
Since its founding, Relief Bed has distributed 31,000 mattresses to organizations helping the homeless and for relief efforts following natural disasters.
The Relief Bed mattresses roll up for compact storage and are easily cleaned and sanitized, an important feature in shelters. Relief Bed is a federally recognized 501-3c organization and donations are tax deductible.
Industry companies including Emma Sleep, Serta Simmons Bedding and Brentwood Home are supporters of the organization’s mission.
“There are a lot of wonderful charities out there,” Smalling said. “We sell sleep, and its critical to our health. This is specific to what we do.”
Interested in helping? Email Smalling at [email protected] or visit the website. Checks can be mailed to: Relief Bed International PO Box 503 Tacoma, Wash. 98401.