Mattress Project Gotta Name: HOST
By Beverly Russell
The highly successful Mattress Project, an outreach program at St. Paul’s Church, which last year gave away 500 mattresses to needy campesinos who would otherwise sleep on dirt floors, has a new Chairperson.
Kameron Tyler has taken over the leadership from Toni Allen, who has been in charge of the project for the last 12 years, and is taking a well-deserved retirement.
Seeking to make her mark as the new person in charge, Tyler has thought up a new name for this project: HOST, short for Help Others Sleep Tonight.
Sixteen of the Mattress Project supporters joined in a potluck surprise lunch for Toni, with Kameron giving her a special poem in her honor. Also on hand were Rev. Michael Long, rector of St. Paul’s and Senior Warden Adrian Ross, with other members of the Vestry.
HOST was started in the 1990’s by Rita Krug who returned to the US in 1999, handing over the project to Toni Allen.
The project serves two purposes… re-uses plastic bags in a creative way, saving non-biodegradable plastic from ending up on streets and garbage landfills, and provides comfort and healthier sleep for those in need. It takes 1500 bags to fill a mattress. HOST is a community project. You do not need to be a member of St. Paul’s to join the friendly working group, which meets on Wednesdays from 10am-12 noon in the Parish Hall. If you do not wish to stuff mattresses, you can still contribute by dropping off clean, reusable plastic bags to the Parish Hall, calle Cardo 6; La Conexión, Aldama 3; and Solutions, Recreo 11 in centro.
Beverly Russell sings in St. Paul’s choir and invites others to join the choir under its Maestro Xavier Hernández.