Mattress Sale Raises Hunger Relief Aid

And Other Charitable Causes on Sept. 22
Sep 11, 2018

Wake up and help fight hunger!

Saint Mary’s of the Pines Parish Center in Manahawkin hosts a pop-up mattress showroom and sales event on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to help raise funds to support local food pantries through the Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean County.

Organized by John Fiore of Brant Beach and Dan Thigpen, both with Partnership Fundraising of Freehold, the parish center will become a mattress store ready to open its doors at 10 a.m. Fiore explained: The 15 to 20 mattresses that will be on display are all new and labeled, national brands (Simmons Beauty Rest and Restonic), dressed with pillows and ready to test drive, priced below market value, with an in-home delivery fee of $70 (average), and ready to be purchased with the help of no-pressure mattress industry associates.

“We narrowed it down to the 20 that we know are the right ones for most people, and we can help them make a decision,” Fiore said.

Proceeds from the mattress sale will be split 50-50 with the Hunger Foundation. He said the Foundation could raise up to $5,000. Walk-in donations of any amount are gladly accepted from people who care about hunger but don’t necessarily need to buy a mattress. HFSOC keeps 100 percent of those gifts.

The Foundation’s ultimate goal is to create a community that is free from hunger.

Fiore has been on Long Beach Island for summers since 1942 and has owned a house in Brant Beach for 35 years. His career in the mattress industry took him through sales, marketing, design and manufacturing. In his retirement, he and Thigpen started a company that shares a percentage of profits with charitable causes.

A similar event they held in June at the Ship Bottom Fire Co. raised $3,000 for three AEDs or defibrillators.

Through community support and events such as the mattress sale, the Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean County has raised over $1.1 million for eight local food pantries: the Barnegat Food Pantry; the Greater Tuckerton Food Pantry; Ken’s Kitchen, St. Mary’s Church; Lacey Food Pantry; Ocean Community Church Food Pantry; St. Francis Food Pantry; St. Stephen’s Food Pantry; and St. Theresa’s. Visit to donate.  —V.F.

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