OAK BROOK, Ill., (September 20, 2012) – Tempur-Pedic International Inc. (NYSE: TPX), the leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of premium mattresses and pillows worldwide, has provided over a million nights of rest and rejuvenation to more than 64,000 families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) through their partnership with the Ronald McDonald House® program throughout the United States. The milestone occurred today with the delivery of the 5,000th bed of Tempur-Pedic’s ongoing national donation to the 30-bedroom Ronald McDonald House in Austin, Texas.
As part of the partnership, Tempur-Pedic has committed to providing beds to every participating Ronald McDonald House in the United States. The relationship between RMHC and Tempur-Pedic began when employees of the company began volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House in Lexington, Ky., the home of Tempur-Pedic.
“Tempur-Pedic’s mission is to help people get their best nights’ sleep every night, and we know this is particularly valuable for the parents and caregivers staying at a Ronald McDonald House,” said Mark Sarvary, CEO of Tempur-Pedic International. “We’re thankful to be helping families stay together, rest together and support each other in a great time of need.”
Tempur-Pedic began outfitting Ronald McDonald Houses with beds in 2009 and all participating U.S. Houses will have Tempur-Pedic beds by the end of 2013. C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., the logistics and transportation provider, planned the most efficient distribution of the beds over the course of the partnership and donated the associated transportation and delivery costs.
“We know that children heal better and faster with their families nearby, and Ronald McDonald Houses are there to provide all the comforts of home keeping families together while their child receives critical care at a nearby hospital,” Marty Coyne, president and CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities, added. “Families are tackling the illness of their child with all the energy they have and studies suggest that the stress and anxiety associated with a child’s hospital stay can affect the parents’ ability to make decisions. Parents staying at Houses said their sleep was more restful and less interrupted versus parents staying at the child’s bedside overnight which helped alleviate stress.”
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 57 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children’s programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information about RMHC, visit www.rmhc.org, follow us on Twitter (@RMHC), or like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHC Global).
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Tempur-Pedic International Inc. (NYSE: TPX) manufactures and distributes mattresses and pillows made from its proprietary TEMPUR® pressure-relieving material. It is the worldwide leader in premium and specialty sleep. The Company is focused on developing, manufacturing and marketing advanced sleep surfaces that help improve the quality of life for people around the world. The Company’s products are currently sold in over 80 countries under the TEMPUR® and Tempur-Pedic® brand names. World headquarters for Tempur-Pedic International is in Lexington, Ky. For more information, visit tempurpedic.com or call 800-805-3635.
About C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., is a global provider of multimodal logistics services, fresh produce sourcing, and information services to 37,000 customers through a network of more than 230 offices and over 8,700 employees around the world. The company works with 53,000 transportation providers worldwide. C.H. Robinson is a Fortune 500 company and had annual revenues of $10.3 billion in 2011. Through the company and its Foundation, C.H. Robinson and its employees contribute millions of dollars annually to a variety of organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Community Health Charities, American Red Cross, Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, and Global Impact. The company is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and has been publicly traded on the NASDAQ since 1997. For more information about C.H. Robinson, visit http://www.chrobinson.com/.