IKEA’s “Soft Toys for Education” to Benefit Local & International Charities

IKEA Foundation’s annual “Soft Toys for Education” campaign returns to IKEA stores around the globe including Orlando at its store at The Mall at Millenia. From now to Jan. 3, 2015, IKEA Foundation donates €1 (that’s Euro, which currently exchanges for $1.30 domestically) for every soft toy sold. The donation goes to Save the Children and UNICEF, and is spent on children’s educational projects.

Locally, IKEA Orlando gives customers an opportunity to purchase once, but give twice. That’s because if you purchase a soft toy and donate it to the store, IKEA Orlando will make sure Children’s Home Society of Florida receives it at the close of the holiday season.

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. Purchasing these items not only make a great holiday present package, but 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 $84 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, Save the Children, Clinton Health Access Initiative and KickStart International.

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