With so much relief effort currently focused on Haiti, a unique partnership has come together to bring specially designed “transitional” mattresses called the “WorldBed” to the people there.
U.S. mattress manufacturer Anatomic Global announced that they’ve partnered with five key suppliers – FXI Foamex Innovations, UPS, Deslee Textiles USA, Royal Packaging and the Brookwood Companies – and that the first 500 mattresses shipped from Southern California this past weekend expected to arrive in Haiti later this week. Thousands more will be shipped each week until a goal of supplying some 200,000 mattresses is reached.
The “World Bed” has been designed as a cot-sized foam mattress that can be quickly shipped in volume to any area in need, anywhere in the world. The mattresses – made from raw, recycled or new materials – are covered in a rugged nylon cover and are specially treated to be moisture resistant. They have a specially designed strap so they can be rolled, secured and carried over one’s shoulder. Each one comes with care and use instructions and an announcement in English, French and Creole, stating it is a gift from members of the U.S. bedding industry.
This critically needed bedding is produced by several companies pulling their resources together to make a difference.
“There has never been concentrated destruction and human tragedy of the scale seen in Haiti,” said Anatomic Global CEO David Farley.
Anatomic Global said it was also re-investing all its corporate profits in the first quarter of 2010 to manufacture WorldBeds for Haitian relief.
Farley said many of Anatomic Global’s distributors and retailers were in the process of joining the program along with other suppliers. He welcomes other mattress manufacturers to work with Anatomic Global on this initiative.
It’s good to know that corporate America is coming together like this, when so many need so much.