Thank you, readers! You came through in a BIG way this past holiday season! Remember waaay back in November (2014) when we told you about IKEA’s Soft Toys For Education program? Well, IKEA Orlando has some great news! Through their local Give Twice campaign, 213 soft toys were given to the Children’s Home Society of Florida! From November 9th to January 3rd, Orlando customers contributed close to $28,000 through purchases of children’s books and soft toys.
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Even more heartwarming is, globally, $11.9 Million was raised for children in Africa, Asia and Europe! This effort will allow UNICEF and Save the Children to continue improving education in 18 countries, even when disasters strike!
“We are grateful for our partnership with IKEA, and thankful for all the support that IKEA employees and customers gave to this year’s successful holiday campaign. The funds raised will provide learning to children who are often overlooked in school, or who are entirely left out of the education system. Together, we can create a better and brighter future for them,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children.
“All children should have the opportunity to go to school,” said Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “UNICEF works to provide access to a quality education to the most vulnerable children, including those that have been affected by emergencies such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Thanks to the IKEA Foundation, IKEA customers and invaluable support from IKEA co-workers, more children will have the opportunity to continue their education, helping to build a brighter future.”