MLILY USA donates more than 100 pillows to first responders

Company also took part in holiday stocking decorating contest to benefit patients at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.  Leading mattress manufacturer MLILY USA surprised the workers at the city’s 911 call center with gifts of more than 100 pillows to say thank you for working tirelessly behind the scenes for the community.

Dispatchers serve as the critical link between people in distress and the emergency services they need. It is a high-stress position known to take its toll on these public servants. MLILY USA has been a leader in educating consumers on the importance of sleep and the impact a restorative night’s sleep has on performance, which is why the company donated the pillows.

In addition to the pillow donation to the 911 call center, MLILY also donated decorated holiday stockings that were stuffed with gifts, which were placed at the foot of children’s beds before they woke up on Christmas Day. Teresa Vessell, volunteer service specialist at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital accepted the stocking donation from Stephen Chen, president, MLILY USA.

“This time of year is the perfect time to thank all types of service members, the kind stranger at the grocery store or even the wait staff at your favorite restaurant,” said Stephen Chen, president MLILY USA. “We try very hard to be a good corporate citizen in the communities where we live and work, and this is one of several initiatives we support to live up to those values. Dispatchers at the 911 center always need to be sharp and perform to their fullest. We wanted to do something that would express our gratitude and help them in return. They are tasked with an incredibly difficult job that not many people can handle. We simply wanted to say thank you and let them know we appreciate what they do.”

The company recently participated in a holiday stocking decorating contest to benefit patients at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The company’s corporate employees in Knoxville and Los Angeles competed by decorating innovative holiday stockings and stuffing them with gifts that will be placed at the foot of children’s beds before they wake up on December 25th. The stockings included gifts such as playing cards, crayons, coloring books, stuffed animals and other fun items the children can play with and enjoy.             

Giving back is an integral part of MLILY’s corporate ethos. The company has consistently donated to other organizations such as The House That Mercy Built, a safe place for women suffering from drug or alcohol abuse and Haibu, whose purpose is to educate posterity on global efforts for wildlife conservation. The company is also an ongoing supporter of Special Spaces, a non-profit organization that transforms the bedrooms of terminally ill children.

MLILY USA is the North American mattress and pillow company of Healthcare Co., Ltd. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, the company manufactures mattresses, pillows and sleep accessories in state-of-the-art factories located in China, Thailand, Serbia, Arizona and South Carolina, which span more than 7 million square feet. With products sold worldwide, MLILY also holds a unique global strategic partnership with Manchester United, the leading sports brand and popular soccer team located in the United Kingdom. As part of the partnership, MLILY provides the team’s training complex with mattresses and other sleep products. For more information, visit

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