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Mathis Bros., Lady Americana, Tempur-Pedic aid tornado victims

OKLAHOMA CITY — Mattresses and foundations valued at more than $1 million from retailer Mathis Brothers, Lady Americana and Tempur-Pedic are going to victims of the May tornado in Moore, Okla.

The donation was made through House in a Box, a nonprofit organization that distributes household goods to disaster victims.

 Archbishop Paul Coakley of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, flanked by an honor guard, cuts the ribbon officially opening House in a Box’s new warehouse in Oklahoma City. The program distributes household goods to disaster victims.Archbishop Paul Coakley of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, flanked by an honor guard, cuts the ribbon officially opening House in a Box’s new warehouse in Oklahoma City. The program distributes household goods to disaster victims.

Organizers say the program provides a new start for families who have lost everything, and gives them hope for the future. It provides necessities like furniture, mattresses pots and pans and even dishes.

"A tragedy such as this one is personally devastating to so many people. Mathis Brothers, through our own Lady Americana factory and with help from our very good friends at Tempur-Pedic, are glad to be able to help people begin to rebuild. Oklahomans are a resilient, strong people and helping our neighbors is just what we do here," Rit Mathis, spokesman for Mathis Brothers, said.

The Oklahoma City chapter of House in a Box is expected to serve more than 1,000 households in Oklahoma over a six-month period.

The program is sponsored by the National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul, in collaboration with the Oklahoma City St. Vincent de Paul Council, the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City, the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the United Way of Oklahoma City.

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