Barrie entrepreneur wins provincial Small Businesses, Big Hearts award

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Editor's note: This story was first published on Nov. 26, 2020

When a single mother was struggling to afford a bed for her and her kids, Mike the Mattress Guy stepped up.

Owner Mike Rudkins dropped off bunk beds for the children and a queen-size bed for Mom.

That’s the kind of charitable gesture that helped Rudkins and his wife, Krista, earn the provincial Small Businesses, Big Hearts Award.

The Barrie entrepreneur also helps the community by offering free delivery for donations to the Barrie Food Bank or the Women’s and Children’s Shelter of Barrie.

Last May, Small Business Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria created the award, which was designed to recognize businesses that help their community during COVID-19.

Barrie-Innisfil MPP Andrea Khanjin presented the award at the Barrie store.

“Mike the Mattress Guy helped our community by donating services, resources and time to help others so that the vulnerable can be in a better position to rebound from the economic challenges brought on by COVID-19,” she said in a media release.

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Rick Vanderlinde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance