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IKEA’s Soft Toys For Education USA Raises $1.2M for UNICEF and Save The Children

Tack, Orlando!

(Swedish for "Thank you!")

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.

On a national level, the United States contributed an outstanding $1.2 MILLION to UNICEF and Save The Children via the IKEA Foundation!!

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.

Väl Done, Orlando!

Get #WrappedInIKEA this holiday season!

By: @jenvargas

IKEA Orlando invited us to sample from their special holiday menu and take a sneak peek of their Holiday catalog! Make sure to check out their event calendar for more holiday fun and enter below to win a IKEA $100 gift card! Hurry! Deadline is November 30th. (Winner will be drawn on Monday, Dec 1st.)

  Can’t make it into an IKEA store? No problem! Join IKEA Orlando, Miami, Sunrise and Tampa for a Twitter Chat on Wednesday, December 3rd, from 12:30pm to 1:30pm EST!

Also happening: IKEA Foundation’s annual #SoftToys4Education drive has begun at all IKEA stores around the world. Did you see the cool Vine the Orlando location did for it?? SO. CUTE. Help these little guys and their friends find their way home to the Children’s Home Society of Florida by visiting IKEA Orlando and dropping a soft toy in the chimney near the exit!

https://vine.co/v/OiYTTwqZqba

 

At IKEA, we believe that children are the most important people in the world. It’s great to see the awareness of this campaign grow over the years, allowing us to help more children begin and stay in school,” said Kendra Ferguson, IKEA Orlando’s Local Marketing Specialist.

We now have customers asking us when it will begin. It’s a great time to teach their children about giving back; and with the option to give twice, parents can let their children select a toy for themselves and one that they think another child would enjoy receiving.

IKEA’s soft toys star in the store’s children’s books and new card games that train memory, as well as visual and social skills. IKEA Foundation will also make a donation when these items are purchased – making a great holiday present package, as the furniture you can find in Homecouture, as every donation gives the powerful gift of an education to children in need around the world.  

Since 2003, the holiday sales of the furniture retailer’s soft toys has raised nearly €67 million, supported 99 projects in 46 countries, and helped more than 11 million children receive a better education.  The IKEA Foundation, which works with a total of 31 nonprofit organizations, is the largest global corporate donor to UNICEF, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Save the Children, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and KickStart International.   IKEA Orlando wants your help to find their soft toys a home at the Children’s Home Society of Florida (@HelpFLKids), and they need OUR help! Here’s how you can ‘double dip’ to help children locally AND internationally:

IKEAOrlando_SoftToy_GiveTwice But wait! There’s more! Thanks to the kindness of our friends at IKEA Orlando, you can enter from now until – November 30th for a chance to win a $100 IKEA gift card! IKEA will choose a winner on Monday, December 1st, and contact the lucky winner via Twitter! a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

TIP: Join IKEA FAMILY, their FREE loyalty program for discounts, other perks and a sweet discount on their JULBORD Dinner upstairs!

IKEA Orlando Donates $4000 in Products to Foundation for Foster Children

IKEA Orlando has given close to $4000 of products to provide housewarming baskets to over 50 youth aging out of the foster care system, through the Foundation for Foster Care. Recipients will have the choice of essentials for their Bed & Bath or Cooking & Cleaning. In addition, check out No More Chores online cleaning services for more. To be placed onto the marketplace you must be a Premium BookingKoala user, the outstanding platform allows customers to book and manage their cleanings anywhere and at anytime, you can find the best cleaning services in NYC with this platform.

Graduating high school and furnishing your own place – be it a dorm room or a first apartment – is usually an exciting time for a family. For those aging out of the foster care system, this milestone comes with mixed emotions.

 “IKEA wins over much of our customer base just after high school graduations, said Kendra Ferguson, Local Marketing Specialist for IKEA Orlando. “Our store is packed every weekend from May to August with parents who are helping their children navigate the store, shopping for things that they’re not used to buying – antiques world furniture and housewares. Checkout here. IKEA has the right prices for young people who are headed off to college or out on their own, but we know that the experience is not the same for everyone. IKEA is the Life Improvement Store, and when the Foundation for Foster Children reached out we were happy to help.”

 The mission of the Foundation for Foster Children is to enrich the lives of children placed in foster care due to abuse and neglect by providing opportunities that nurture their ability to succeed both as individuals and contributing members of our community. Items donated by IKEA Orlando included things that people often take for granted – bed textiles, pillows, towels, shower curtains, bath mats, toiletry holders, cookware, dinnerware, silverware, hangers, hampers, laundry baskets, and more.

Betsey Bell, Executive Director of the Foundation for Foster Children, added: “With so many local foster youth leaving foster care to navigate into adulthood, the Foundation for Foster Children is so pleased to have the support of IKEA who is committed to helping our youth transition successfully with a solid foundation. The household items provided by IKEA Orlando are the things that your parents would buy you or you could take from your house when you move out on your own for the first time. Our young people now not only have the basic things needed for living independently, but they also feel cared for and valued as individuals.” 

image of some of the bathroom items

image of some of the bathroom items

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 360 IKEA stores in 45 countries, including 40 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment.

The Foundation for Foster Children is an important asset to Central Florida as it strengthens our community by providing diect support to foster children and foster families in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, where there are approximately 1400 ethnically diverse foster children residing.  Since 2008, the Foundation has provided funding and in-kind support for the unmet needs of foster youth through five main programs, primarily focused on education and providing typical childhood experiences that otherwise would be unaffordable. www.FoundationforFosterChildren.org

Ikea Orlando to host a Cray Party! The Annual Crayfish Party that is…

We love Ikea Orlando keeping it Real – Wait Cray!

Details and update HERE and be sure to follow @IKEAOrlando tweet #ThatsSoCray

Friday, August 15, 2014
Swedish Crayfish Party
It’s almost time for another Swedish, all-you-can-eat feast. Put our annual Crayfish Party on your calendar.Two seatings available

Image from ikea.com

Image from ikea.com


● 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
● 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

IKEA FAMILY member price:
$9.99 adults / $2.49 children (12 and under)

Regular price:
$12.99 adults / $4.99 children (12 and under)

 


The origins of this tradition:
Crayfish have been eaten in Sweden since the 1500s. For a long while, only the aristocracy enjoyed these delicacies.

In the mid-1800s, people started eating crayfish as they are eaten today. The crayfish feast or crayfish supper in the month of August spread through the middle classes. In the 1900s, crayfish became a national delicacy and people in all sectors of society began celebrating the occasion.

Due to the risk of over-fishing, restrictions on river crayfishing were introduced back in the early 1900s. The season was limited to a couple of months from August. Crayfish thus became an exclusive and much sought-after delicacy in Sweden, everyone makes sure to have the best fly fishing pole when the fishing season arrives.

Source: https://sweden.se/collection/celebrating-the-swedish-way/article/the-crayfish-party/

IKEA Tweet Chat! Embrace the Outdoors with some #IKEAFunShine

Great news from our Florida Ikea friends!

We’re lucky to live in the Sunshine State. We don’t need time to thaw out from the Winter. The shovels we own are meant for making sand castles and enjoying the day.

IKEA’s seasonal outdoor range has returned, and it’s time to head outdoors! We invite you to see what’s new, and what’s been renewed during #IKEAFunShine, an hour-long Twitter chat hosted by IKEA’s three Florida stores – IKEA Sunrise, IKEA Orlando and IKEA Tampa.

Each of the three Florida-based IKEA Twitter accounts will award a $25 IKEA gift card during the chat. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. To enter, simply follow @IKEA_Sunrise, @IKEAOrlando, and /or @IKEA_Tampa on Twitter and tweet using the #IKEAFunShine hashtag during the conversation.

WHO: @IKEA_Sunrise, @IKEAOrlando, @IKEA_Tampa

WHEN:                 Wednesday, April 9, 2014

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #IKEAFunShine.

About IKEA: The Life Improvement Store

IKEA strives to be ‘The Life Improvement Store,’ and since its 1943 founding in Sweden, has offered home furnishings of good design and function, at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 350 IKEA stores in 44 countries, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings company, incorporates sustainable efforts into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. IKEA-USA.com

More details @ http://www.ikea.com/us/en/store/orlando/activities

Reminder: We are hosting a Tweetup on 4/17/14! Join us!