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IKEA ANNOUNCES A DONATION OF HOME FURNISHINGS TO TUNNELS TO TOWERS WHICH WILL BENEFIT HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES STILL RECOVERING FROM HURRICANE SANDY
06/11/2013 12:00 AM
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[National]  IKEA JOINS WITH RELIEF EFFORTS BY THE STEPHEN SILLER TUNNEL TO TOWERS FOUNDATION TO TURN HOUSES INTO HOMES FOR DEVASTATED SANDY VICTIMS
(Conshohocken, PA – June 11, 2013) Over seven months have passed since the fury of Hurricane Sandy was felt full-force by the residents of Brooklyn and Staten Island. IKEA will announce on Tuesday, June 11th at 12p.m. EST that it will be donating home furnishings – including hundreds of beds, mattresses, dining room sets, and sofas – to support victims of Sandy which have lost the basic furniture that helps to make a house a home.

IKEA is making the announcement in collaboration with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation - named after a fallen 9/11 firefighter. Tunnel to Towers, through its Hurricane Sandy Relief program, has purchased 15 turn-key homes for displaced Staten Islanders, and distributed millions of dollars’ worth of food, water, clothing, cleaning supplies, dry wall, and mold remediation labor.

The press conference will take place at the Tunnel to Towers Hurricane Sandy Relief Center, 2145 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island.

Some families who are receiving the furniture will be present and available for interviews.

“At IKEA we believe that home is the most important place in the world, so it’s natural for us to support families whose homes were damaged in Hurricane Sandy. We hope that this donation will help them to get settled back into their homes so they can resume a normal life,” commented Tracey Kelly, Manager of Corporate Communications and Sustainability,IKEA US.

Added Frank Siller, Chairman of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, “We are honored to be associated with IKEA and this wonderful humanitarian effort. This kind of real, tangible support - providing our exhausted neighbors who think there is no end in sight to their suffering - with comfortable furniture so their lives can get back to normal, is going to make a profound difference in their lives.”

About IKEA
IKEA, the world's largest home furnishings retailer, was founded in 1943 in Sweden. Since that time, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design, quality and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 340 IKEA stores in 41 countries, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, see IKEA-USA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @DesignByIKEA, and http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/.

CONTACT
Mona Liss, IKEA Corporate PR Director, 610-834-0180, ext. 5852, Mona.Liss@IKEA.com
John Hodge The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, (203) 648-2430, hodgepodgenf@gmail.com

Photograph
Evamay Lawson, at podium, IKEA Sustainability Manager, joins John Hodge, second right, and Tony Navarino, right, of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to announce that IKEA will be donating home furnishings, valued over $200,000, to help Hurricane Sandy victims, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Staten Island, NY. Also pictured, from left to right, are Joseph Cardinale, of Stephen Siller Foundation, Tracey Kelly, of IKEA, and Jack Oehm, of the FDNY. (Diane Bondareff/Invision for IKEA/AP Images)