Category Archives: Do Some Good

Walking to Save Lives

On October 1, Leggett & Platt helped sponsor the American Heart Association’s Four States Heart Walk.

Many L&P team members walked to raise money to support life-saving research and programs to aid in the fight against heart disease, the number one killer of all Americans.

Our “Leggett & Platt has Heart” team raised nearly $3,000, and L&P donated $2,500 as a corporate sponsor. Emily Studer, a team member in Human Resources, raised almost $400 individually.

Thank you to our team members who embody our value of putting people first and walked for the health of others!

Our Values in Action: We Rise

In 2011, L&P began We Rise, an employee-funded program that helps to satisfy the emergency needs of employees and their immediate families in the aftermath of catastrophic events or natural disasters. 

The fund exists due to the generosity of our people. In 2021, we held a fundraising campaign where L&P double-matched employee donations up to $50,000, and we were able to rebuild the fund with such incredible pledges and donations.

Recently, We Rise provided 13 employees from our Winchester, Kentucky facility with a total of $47,600 to help recover from flood damage. At L&P, we believe in putting people first and want our employees to know they are not alone in the wake of tragedy.

A Successful School Supply Giveaway

Tracy and Mark Phillips are living out our L&P values by putting people first and doing great work together.

Tracy is an Accounts Payable Coordinator at our corporate headquarters and Mark works in the Quality Department at our Flex-O-Lators location. They were married two years ago and felt a strong desire to help and give back within their local community during the pandemic. Together, they started Pressing Toward the Goal Ministries in the Southwest Missouri area.

“At the time we started this effort, it seemed like our country, and even our community, was going through so much division,” said Tracy. “Our main goal is to promote unity and help others in need.”

Pressing Toward the Goal recently hosted its second annual school supply giveaway. Through donations by L&P and other organizations, churches, and individuals, the team got backpacks and essential school supplies ready to donate. Nearly 200 families attended the giveaway and received supplies for the upcoming school year.

“The list of those who donated is quite long,” said Tracy. “When I mention ‘unity,’ that’s what I’m talking about. We are called to come together and lift each other up in times of need, and that’s what we try to do each day.”

Going Above and Beyond for Others: Meet Mario Martinez

Mario Martinez is a Machine Operator for our Sponge Cushion facility in Morris, Illinois. He will have worked for L&P for 22 years this October. And he knows just what it means to give back to those in need.

Mario started volunteering when he was young, as he watched his mother generously give to other people. As Mario grew with that same spirit of giving, in 1992, he came across his first opportunity to give back. He was made aware of an elderly woman in Cuba who needed extensive home repairs. Mario was able to help her bring indoor plumbing into her home.

Later, Mario noticed a story while browsing on Facebook about a Colombian woman who needed help for her grandson. After learning more, Mario chose to help her grandson go to college by paying for his tuition. He has since graduated and now works in nutrition.

And when Mario’s cousin mentioned a family in need in the Dominican Republic, Mario jumped at the opportunity to help. He learned of a single mother with health challenges and paid for the remodel of her family home. He even took two weeks of vacation from his job at L&P to travel to the Dominican Republic and make sure the remodel was progressing.

The house before and after Mario helped with remodeling.

“I’m grateful for Leggett & Platt,” Mario says. “When I started working here, I could only help others little by little. Now, I can help even more because I’m afforded more time off and the means to financially contribute to others. It means so much to me to be able to help others.”

A Good Night’s Sleep

We take pride in making products that make life more comfortable.

In 2021, we donated more than 900 mattresses, 100 innerspring units, and 40 bedframes to aid in disaster relief, homelessness and crisis recovery, and refugee resettlement. 

Thank you for your support, MSC & Indiana Safety!

We recently recognized two of our suppliers for their dedicated support of Leggett & Platt during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic, we developed safety protocols to keep our employees safe, and MSC and Indiana Safety have played a major role in providing us with needed personal protective equipment (PPE) and other various supplies.

We are grateful for your partnership and continued support!


We presented MSC with an award for continued support of PPE supplies to L&P globally. They provided essential PPE supplies, including N95 masks, nitrile gloves, and electrostatic foggers.

Pictured left to right:

  • Matt Rushing, Territory Inventory Specialist at MSC
  • Steve Thallas, District Manager for Key Accounts at MSC
  • Amy Murphy, Business Development Executive at MSC
  • Jim Gatterer, Headquarter Manager for National Accounts at MSC
  • Brandon Rogers, Branch Manager at L&P Super Sagless

Indiana Safety

Indiana Safety also received an award for continued support of PPE supplies to L&P.

The team helped by providing disposable masks, nitrile gloves, and TB Quat disinfectant.

Pictured left to right:

  • Austin Bush, Vice President/Director of Sales at Indiana Safety
  • Scott Cullison, Regional Sales Manager at Indiana Safety
  • Vanessa Gile, Commodity Manager at L&P
  • Kevin Bush, President at Indiana Safety

Earth Day Celebrations

Last Friday, in honor of Earth Day, several L&P facilities planned activities to celebrate and help care for our planet:

  • Coming together for a team discussion about environmental preservation
  • Handing out tree seedlings
  • Sharing an earth-themed meal
  • Opting for silverware instead of plasticware
  • Planting a tree together

Here are just a few pictures!

L&P Donates Masks to Local Students

Leggett & Platt recently made a donation of 200 medium respirator masks, 725 large respirator masks, and 250 filters to Franklin Technology Center Adult Education and High School students in Joplin, Missouri.

Attending the donation are (from left) Vanessa Gile, Commodity Manager at L&P; Nikki Medley, Effectiveness Coordinator at FTC; Dave Rockers, FTC Director; Joe Flynn, Tech Teacher at FTC; Doug Donnel, Collision Repair Instructor at FTC; and Dustin Riner, Maintenance Supervisor at L&P.

This photo and article were originally published by The Joplin Globe | Roger Nomer.

L&P Credit Department Collects Donations for Local Organizations

L&P’s Corporate Credit Department selects a charity each holiday season to sponsor. This year, their team chose to support the important work of both the Joplin Humane Society and Bright Futures-Carthage. Their decision to collect donations for Bright Futures was made in memory of Sherrie Lasiter, who worked in their department for many years and passed away in October.

Their team met at the L&P Corporate Office parking lot last weekend to collect donations of pet food and supplies, snacks, socks, and gift cards for the programs. They had a great response and the organizations were very grateful for all of the donations the received. The Credit team wants to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated!

United Way Spotlight: Community Clinic of Southwest Missouri

Leggett & Platt fosters a culture of giving, encouraging our employees to Do Some Good. Throughout the course of our local, Southwest Missouri campaign, we will shine a spotlight on several of the incredible agencies that United Way serves in our community. Times may be difficult, but we have witnessed communities rising to meet these hard moments. If in a position to give this year, we encourage you to support your local agency, too.

For nearly three decades, Community Clinic of Southwest Missouri has been providing quality, affordable healthcare to the children, families, and seniors in our communities. Their facility operates four days a week, providing a wide variety of medical and dental services to their patients – including medical diagnosis and treatment, prescription assistance, vision services, women’s preventative health exams, dental services, and mental healthcare.

Many of the services they provide are made possible through the efforts of dedicated volunteers. In 2020, a team of over 40 volunteer physicians, dentists, nurses, counselors, and pharmacists provided compassionate care to over 1,900 patients. Our community saved an estimated $8,883,181 as a result of their charitable efforts.

“The United Way funds we receive help support our primary care services,” says Stephanie Brady, Executive Director. “They are used to cover the costs of testing supplies, prescriptions, lab supplies, flu and pneumonia shots, medical equipment, and even for the purchase of glasses for individuals in our vision program. We work hard to stretch those dollars and they benefit a lot of people.”

During the pandemic, Community Clinic received targeted funds for Covid. They are now one of the primary vaccination sites in the area and have administered over 3,500 vaccines to local patients. Their facility partners closely with other United Way agencies and have provided testing and vaccinations for Covid and the flu on-site at their facilities. Unfortunately, they’ve also had an increased need for medications, inhalers, and nebulizers to treat Covid patients.

“It would be a significant detriment to our organization if we did not have the United Way funds we have come to rely on,” said Stephanie. “I love knowing that we have the support of their network and the donations help us meet the healthcare needs in our very own communities.”