IKEA may be well known for its amazing shopping, beautiful products and even somewhere you can spend the day with meals served and special, family friendly events scheduled throughout the year. But did you also know that IKEA is involved in the communities it is located in too?
With almost 70 million school-age children without access to quality education IKEA created the Soft Toys for Education Campaign in 2003. This holiday season it continues. For every IKEA soft toy, book or children’s meatball plate sold from November 1 through December 24, the IKEA Foundation will donate $1.35 to UNICEF and Save the Children.
Toys for Tots is “home” for the holidays
In Houston IKEA is kicking off this year’s charitable holiday campaigns by donating $2,000 worth of new IKEA toys to Toys for Tot’s Houston Chapter
“At Toys for Tots, our goal is to brighten the holidays for needy children, and this generous donation and ongoing partnership with IKEA Houston will allow us to reach even more kids in our area,” said Sgt Jaime A Sojos, Houston Toys for Tots coordinator. “IKEA offers Toys for Tots supporters an easy way to shop for and donate toys all in one place. Plus, during the Soft Toys for Education campaign, each purchase and donation benefits children locally and globally.”
“We think every child deserves a healthy and secure childhood with access to quality education, so this year, we really want to raise awareness locally for the Soft Toys for Education program,” said Kim Castillo, marketing manager for IKEA Houston. “We hope our partnerships with Toys for Tots Houston and Aurora Picture Show will encourage more Houstonians to get involved in this worthy cause.”
How can Houston families help?
First, the next time you are shopping at IKEA Houston, take time to view the stop animation video or view it today. This short “fil” illustrates the importance of this campaign and encouraging community involvement. It was produced in partnership with Aurora Picture Show was first seen at Scream on the Green at Discovery Green on Saturday, October 29.
While you are there make a donation. At your Houston area IKEA you can add to the donation by purchasing IKEA soft toys and books to drop in the store’s Toys for Tots donation bin now through December 16. Toys for Tots will distribute donated toys locally to children in need just in time for the holidays.
The IKEA stop animation fill will continue to be available for viewing at the IKEA Houston restaurant and at the upcoming IKEA Silver Screen on the Green films this fall and IKEA Houston will also have coworkers on site selling soft toys for donation during the upcoming Discovery Green Flea events on November 19 and December 17.
Colorful, huggable and affordable Soft Toys range in price from $0.49 to $19.99. To learn more about the Soft Toys for Education campaign and watch the Aurora Picture Show stop animation video, please visit
Charity that gets results
Since beginning the global IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign, the IKEA Foundation has donated $47.5 million to UNICEF and Save the Children to help build schools, provide supplies and train teachers. To date, those donations have benefitted nearly 8 million children in 40 different countries.
About Toys for Tots
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity is the fund raising, funding and support organization for the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation was created at the behest of the U. S. Marine Corps and provides support in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, who directs the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The Foundation has supported Toys for Tots since 1991. The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
Visit the Houston area Toys for Tots website.
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