FANWOOD, NJ – Ron and Kara Shovlin, owners of The Mattress Factory in Fanwood, were moved by the plight of many residents of New Jersey who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy, so they decided to do something about it.
“We asked ourselves, as many of us did, what can we do to help? Using our factory space to collect donations was the first step, but we soon decided we wanted to use our products, too."
The Mattress Factory has been serving organizations such as Furniture Assist, Center for Hope Hospice, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and many local youth sports organizations not only since they moved to Fanwood in 2006, but for the 35 years prior to that when their headquarters was in Garwood.
Rebuild the Jersey Shore, a group dedicated to supporting the residents of the Tom's River area, was looking for someone to become a drop zone for donations in a location north of the shore area. The Shovlin family stepped up to the plate and The Mattress Factory has become the dedicated drop zone for Union County and most of central and northern New Jersey.
They were then contacted by Hope for Highlands, an organization established to set up cooperative buying opportunities for several Jersey Shore communities, in order to help its residents rebuild.
Hope for Highlands is working with an existing nonprofit, Kavookjian Field and War Memorial Fund, to accept donations and manage them with the proper controls. This group, committed to contributing to the local economy, was looking to secure local businesses in this endeavor. They hoped to find mattresses that were built in NJ, and this led them to The Mattress Factory.
So far, they have delivered over 70 sets. "This was an opportunity for us to provide those folks, who had lost everything including their beds, with a great product that will contribute to their quality of life as they rebuild,” said Rom Shovlin. “(And) that is Jersey Strong!" concluded his wife Kara.