BURLINGTON, ON, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, IKEA Canada announced a
donation of $130,000 CAD in furniture and home furnishings products to
be distributed to both the Salvation Army and Save the Children Canada.
The donations will aid flood recovery efforts in Alberta. Save the
Children will be allocating their portion of the donation to the
Siksika and Morley First Nations communities and the Salvation Army
will send aid to the High River community. Working with these
organizations ensures that the donated products reach the communities
who are in the greatest need during this difficult time.
"IKEA is committed to having a positive impact in and around the
communities that we are a part of," said Kerri Molinaro, President,
IKEA Canada. "Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by this
past summer's flooding. We understand that home is the most important
place in the world, and we are hoping our donation will help families
in Alberta rebuild their homes as the recovery efforts continue."
IKEA Canada is working closely with Save the Children to deliver 100
mattresses, bed frames and sheet sets to the Siksika and Morley First
Nations' communities. The company also provided a selection of products
from the IKEA Children's range to help establish child-friendly spaces
for families affected by the flood in these communities.
"I am truly humbled by the kind donation from IKEA today and the
contributions of so many in our time of need," said Siksika Nation
Chief Fred Rabbit Carrier.
IKEA is also providing 300 mattresses, bed frames, and sheet sets to the
Salvation Army. All of these products will be directed to recovery
efforts in High River, assisting members of the community in rebuilding
"The Salvation Army has been assisting those affected by the floods in
High River since June 20th and we are so grateful to IKEA for this very generous donation that
will allow us to continue to meet some of the most basic needs,"
said Captain Pam Goodyear, Divisional Secretary for Public Relations &
To assist with the product donations, co-workers from the IKEA Calgary
store have volunteered their time and logistics expertise to receive,
transfer, and deliver the donated products to Save the Children and
Salvation Army locations supporting the affected communities.
About IKEA Canada
IKEA is a leading home furnishings retailer with 338 stores in 40
countries worldwide, which are visited by 776 million people every
year. IKEA Canada has 12 stores which are visited by over 25 million
people every year. Last year the IKEA.com websites attracted 1.1
billion visitors. Founded in 1943, IKEA's business philosophy is to
offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so
low, the majority of people can afford them. For more information on
IKEA, please visit: www.IKEA.ca.
About Save the Children
Save the Children is the world's leading independent organization for
children, delivery programs and improving lives in about 119 countries
worldwide. Working toward a world in which every child attains the
right to survival, protection, development and participation, Save the
Children's mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world
treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their
lives. Learn more at www.savethechildren.ca and www.facebook.com/savethechildren.ca.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began
its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest
non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The
Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and
every day in 400 communities across Canada and in more than 125
countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical
assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic
necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people and
rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an
addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in
the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.
SOURCE: IKEA Canada
For further information:
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