Miles for Mattresses: Stony Brook man will walk 277 miles to purchase beds for Long Islanders in need
Kenny Rogers, a Stony Brook resident, is on a mission to ensure that everyone on Long Island has a bed. Beginning on September 25, 2017, Rogers will walk 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.
Last year, Rogers walked 50 miles to raise money for the American Cancer Society. This year he is upping his game. On September 25th, he will step off from A Wider Circle, a furniture warehouse in Silver Spring that inspired the creation of Open Door Exchange. His 277-mile trek will end on Saturday, October 14 at the Open Door Exchange warehouse in Port Jefferson Station. All donations received will go to the Open Door Exchange Mattress Fund.
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. Currently, 117 people are on a wait list for mattresses.
Rogers hopes to raise funds to purchase a mattress or box spring for each of the 277 miles he walks—a total goal of $22,021 at a cost of $159 per mattress. Members of the community are invited to join in on the final steps through Setauket to Port Jefferson Station on the Greenway Trail on Saturday, October 14.
Follow Ken on his journey at www.facebook.com/opendoorexchange. Contributions also can be made by check to "Setauket Presbyterian Church," with a designation for "ODE Miles for Mattresses" in the memo line, and sent to: Open Door Exchange, c/o Setauket Presbyterian Church, 5 Caroline Ave., Setauket, NY 11733.
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