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The new IKEA store in Centennial celebrated its first holiday
season by donating more than $71,000 and thousands of toys in
December. IKEA Centennial coworkers and customers donated $61,129
to UNICEF and Save the Children through the Soft Toys for Education
Campaign. One euro (approximately $1.35 USD) from every soft toy,
children's book or kid's meal sold during the nine weeks before
Christmas is donated to the organizations through the IKEA
Foundation. Globally, this campaign raised approx EUR 11.4 million
to provide books, classrooms and teachers to nearly 2.8 million
children in 20 countries.
IKEA Centennial expanded this program to include a donation
sleigh at the store allowing coworkers and customers a place to
drop off toys and furniture items to local organizations Toys for
Tots and the Tennyson Center for Children in Denver. More than
1,100 toys and items were ultimately donated to these deserving
Additionally, the store followed up on its grand opening promise
to donate $10,000 in furniture to one of its partner nonprofits,
Family Tree. In early December, IKEA delivered a van packed full of
new bunk beds, mattresses, sofas, chairs and accessories to the
Family Tree's 30-bed House of Hope - a shelter for homeless women
and children giving them a chance to get back on their feet.
"The IKEA mission is to create a better everyday life for the
many people. At IKEA Centennial we are dedicated to giving back to
the local community while being regarded as a socially responsible
company," stated Store Manager Kelly Frieze.
IKEA Centennial plans on another $10,000 redesign for the Mi
Casa Resource Center's Neighborhood Center at Lake Middle School in
Denver in the next few months.
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