Miles for Mattresses: Stony Brook man walks 277 miles to purchase beds for Long Islanders in need

Ken Rogers, a Stony Brook resident, is on a mission to ensure that everyone on Long Island has a bed. In September and October 2017, Rogers walked from Silver Spring, Maryland, to Port Jefferson Station, New York, to raise funds to purchase mattresses for families and individuals on Long Island who do not have a comfortable place to sleep.

On September 25th, 2017, Ken Rogers stepped off from A Wider Circle, a furniture warehouse in Silver Spring that inspired the creation of Open Door Exchange. His 277-mile trek finished on Saturday, October 14 at the Open Door Exchange warehouse in Port Jefferson Station.

Mattresses are the item most requested at Open Door Exchange, which maintains a fund to purchase new mattresses for families without beds, especially when children are sleeping on the floor. See photos from Ken's  journey at