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Ms. Christmas set to receive 126 mattresses

Many people in the Cloquet and Carlton area will be sleeping more comfortably starting in September, thanks to Paula Maki, also known as Ms. Christmas.

Maki will receive about 126 mattresses Sept 14, donated by Tempur-Pedic.

Maki got the idea because her dad lived in assisted living and needed a new mattress, but no one would get him one. Even though he passed away in May, Maki decided to keep going with the idea.

Maki is donating 44 of the mattresses to Sunnyside Health Care Center, several more are being donated to Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton, the Damiano Center in Duluth and a few adult foster care homes.

Maki is on a roll. She also applied for a grant from Shopko and received a check for $500 earlier this month. She plans to use the money to buy Christmas gifts for her Ms. Christmas non-profit charity for disabled adults in the community.

“I’m so busy I don't know what to do with myself,” Maki said.

Last year Maki served more than 500 people at two area nursing homes and many adult foster homes over the holidays, including a large dinner at her apartment in Cloquet.

This year she is aiming to serve all 17 assisted living facilities in the area, 45 adult foster homes and three nursing homes.

Maki said monetary donations can go through her account with the Social Good Fund and gift cards or donated items can go directly to her. Want to get involved? Contact Maki at 219-590-9109.