“These are the times that try men’s souls… he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” – Thomas Paine
Not since 9/11 has there been so massive an event to try humanity’s soul. The 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic may prove to be one of the most defining events of the century, and the response we’ve seen in these few months has demonstrated this generation’s capacity for real-life heroism. From those stocking grocery store shelves to the medical professionals risking their own health to care for the victims of COVID-19, this worldwide crisis has given our bravest and most selfless an opportunity to shine.
While the lockdown has been a trial, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel as many states plan to cautiously reopen in the coming weeks. Serta is happy to be part of the protective measures that must be taken for our nation to reemerge safely. Our “Stay Home, Send Beds” campaign committed 10,000 beds to NYC hospitals to help accommodate growing number of cases, and those beds will be just as crucial now, even as the curve begins to slowly flatten. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently released metrics to help regions decide if reopening is a possibility. On the list of requirements is the availability of at least 30% of hospital beds, as well as 90 days worth of personal protective equipment.
We’re happy for the chance to help meet the need for more beds through our Stay Home, Send Beds efforts. Serta has also temporarily converted a portion of our mattress manufacturing facilities to aid the production of PPE, doing what we can to the gap between limited supplies and overwhelming demand.
Serta’s call-to-action during the Covid-19 crisis has been clear; we’re a mattress company, and the nation needs beds. Hobby sewers and crafters are answering the call by making masks to donate to their neighbors. DIYers and Handymen are putting their pressure washers to use at local parks and on playground equipment.
Maintaining distance is the most important way to help. Beyond that, we invite you to join us in putting your skills, your money and your passion to use in any way you can.
If you’re looking for a good place to start, our reliefbed.com program is in full swing. From a $25 Thank You Gift to our medical professionals to a $12,500 bundle of 100 beds for hospital use, your effort is appreciated, and your effort makes a difference.