What do you do with your old mattress? The Coast Inn of the North has an answer that could benefit the entire community. The hotel will donate its old mattresses next month to local shelters in needs.
Generally mattresses in hotels are used for about nine years before they are replaced. General Manager, David McQuinn, felt it was better to put his old mattresses to good use instead of throwing them out. “The different societies will be out back with trucks and they’ll say, ‘that one’s a good one, that’s a good one.’ It could be 50, it could be 75 mattresses we donate, but it all depends on the need.”
About half the hotel is due for new mattresses which makes this a prime time to donate, but other donations will also come in the form of towels, sheets, and toiletry supplies. “Those mini soaps and shampoos and hand lotions, when they’re half gone, we put them in a bucket and when that bucket is full we hand them over too,” McQuinn said.
These extra resources will come at a time when BC’s homeless population is increasing. Coordinator of Community Partners Addressing Homelessness, Kerry Pateman, says it’s much appreciated. “We’ve seen an increase in the need for things to set up a home because what we’re trying to do more these days is move people from shelters and the streets into homes.”
McQuinn says he hopes other hotels in Prince George will donate to a good cause as well. “Every nine years their mattresses get swapped, every two months they probably buy towels, every three months they probably buy sheets, so what do you do with the old ones? Our neighbours need help so let’s help.”