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P.E.S.T. Relief International, Mattress Safe partner to support Georgia nonprofit

|  January 29, 2021
Andrea Hancock, VP of Mattress Safe, and Nicole Smith, project manager for Stockings with Care. PHOTO: DAVID HANCOCK

Andrea Hancock, VP of Mattress Safe, and Nicole Smith, project manager for Stockings with Care. PHOTO: DAVID HANCOCK

P.E.S.T. Relief International and Mattress Safe partnered up during the 2020 holiday season to provide stockings and presents for women and children of Cumming, Ga.-based Family Haven.

Family Haven is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive services to individuals and their children who have experienced family violence.

Through Stockings with Care, toys and holiday goodies were provided in stockings to the children at Family Haven.

“This project was especially fulfilling to host this Christmas,” said P.E.S.T. Relief International Founder Andrea Hancock, who is also vice president of Mattress Safe. “We hope that our efforts spread comfort and joy to the courageous women who have taken a step towards freedom in their lives. Partnering with other companies helps us to effectively achieve our mission as professionals who empower, sustain and transform lives.”

Linda Poston, co-owner of Mattress Safe. PHOTO: ANDREA HANCOCK

Linda Poston, co-owner of Mattress Safe. PHOTO: ANDREA HANCOCK

Family Haven recently recovered from a bed bug infestation. In order to protect 34 new mattresses at Family Haven, encasements from Mattress Safe were donated as well.

Another company local to Family Haven, A+ Exteriors in Suwanee, Ga., helped provide the gifts and stockings, and also enlisted employees to write notes of encouragement in the included Christmas cards.

With an acronym that stands for Professionals Empowering, Sustaining and Transforming, P.E.S.T. Relief International was founded in 2013 by Hancock, who was moved to start the 501(c)(3) organization after a mission trip to Honduras.

David Hancock, Advisory Board member for P.E.S.T. Relief International. PHOTO: ANDREA HANCOCK

David Hancock, Advisory Board member for P.E.S.T. Relief International. PHOTO: ANDREA HANCOCK

P.E.S.T. Relief International plans to build a home in Atlanta, Ga., for boys ages 8-12 and hopes to break ground in the fall of 2022. A+ Exteriors has volunteered to helped with the home’s roof.

Most recently, the nonprofit charity encouraged the pest management industry to contribute to the massive need for masks for those who are caring for the sick during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among its other projects are donating bed bug service to a local family in need in Atlanta, Ga.; providing clean bedding and more to a youth shelter in Denver, Colo.; helping residents of a Salvation Army shelter in Atlanta; and co-piloting a REST program in Florida, to name just a few.

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