FANWOOD, NJ – Shovlin Mattress Factory, owned by Westfield residents Ron and Kara Shovlin, helps people get a good night’s sleep with their made-in-New Jersey mattresses. But did you know they also help children in need sleep well? Their showroom in Fanwood is an official drop site for the Pajama Program in Union County, a non-profit organization that provides new pajamas and new books to children in need.

Many of the children helped by the Pajama Program live in group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities and are shuffled often from one place to another. Many of them have been abandoned, abused or neglected. Most of them have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a parent tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story, according to the organization.

“We have been a supporter of this program for over three years,” said Ron Shovlin. “Any time there are children in need, I am always looking to help. The connection to pajamas and sleep and a comfortable sleep environment is essential to everyone's health and well-being. If I can make a difference for only one kid, then it's worth it. So far, we've put pajamas on over 2,400 children, and I'd like to get that number over 5,000 by the end of the year.”

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Specifically, the Pajama Program benefits:

  • Children in need ranging from newborn to age 18.
  • Children who are living 200 percent below the poverty level.
  • Children of teenage pregnancies with parents who struggle to take care of them.
  • Children who are homeless and live in shelters without any clothing or belongings.
  • Children in foster care.
  • Children who are youth of incarcerated parents.
  • Children who have been physically or emotionally abused, neglected and emotionally traumatized.
  • Children who are in Head Start programs.

Shovlin Mattress Factory is located at 35 South Ave. in Fanwood. 

Editor's note: Shovlin Mattress Factory is an adveritser on TAP into Westfield. To learn about becoming an adveritser, call 917-676-2302 or email jlieberman@tapinto.net.