IKEA launches new in-store play experiences and events; 2017 SAGOSKATT soft toy sales to benefit Save the Children

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2017-Nov-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new global Play Report, released today (November 2, 2017) by IKEA, finds that people around the world believe play is undervalued in modern day life. That’s why IKEA and the IKEA Foundation are putting play at the heart of this year’s Let’s Play for Change campaign and encouraging everyone to play more for a better everyday life. IKEA stores around the world will launch new in-store play experiences and events starting this fall*. Additionally, IKEA and IKEA Foundation will support important children’s efforts around the world. The IKEA Foundation will provide a grant to Handicap International, Save the Children, Special Olympics, Room to Read, UNICEF and War Child. In the U.S., 100% of the proceeds from 2017 SAGOSKATT soft toy collection will be donated to Save the Children for their U.S. Hurricane Relief Efforts.

Building a Global Movement Around Play: IKEA Foundation Supports Children’s Right to Play Around the World

This is the second year of the IKEA Let’s Play for Change campaign – a good cause campaign supporting children’s right to play. The IKEA Foundation realizes that many children around the world lack safe spaces to play and develop. By granting $53 (Є45) million to Handicap International, Save the Children, Special Olympics, Room to Read, UNICEF and War Child, the IKEA Foundation wants to help some of the world’s most vulnerable children play safely and develop to their full potential.

“Every child has the right to play. Stimulation through play is a critical part of a young child’s brain development and emotional wellbeing,” said Per Heggenes, CEO at the IKEA Foundation. “Sadly, there are too many places around the world where devastating circumstances prevent children from simply being ‘kids’. Through the Let’s Play for Change campaign, we want to alleviate challenges to play and development in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, while helping build a global movement around play.”

Playing with Purpose: In the U.S., Every SAGOSKATT Soft Toy Purchase will Support Save the Children’s U.S. Hurricane Relief Efforts

U.S. consumers who want to get involved in the campaign and make a direct impact in children’s lives can do so with every purchase from the 2017 SAGOSKATT soft toy collection* – a series of wonderfully imaginative plush toys designed by kids for kids. As part of the Let’s Play for Change campaign, 100% of IKEA U.S. proceeds from 2017 SAGOSKATT collection will be donated to Save the Children. Specifically, proceeds will go toward Save the Children’s hurricane relief efforts in areas of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Funds will be used to help children and their families rebound and build their resilience following these natural disasters and will support child care centers and early education programs in their rebuilding efforts to enable them to support affected communities.

“Save the Children is very grateful to be the beneficiary of the 2017 SAGOSKATT soft toy sales from IKEA stores across the United States,” said Carolyn Miles, President & CEO, Save the Children. “We have been working to meet the unique needs of children in times of emergency and crisis for nearly 100 years, and we understand how important it is for children to have the chance to play when disaster strikes. We applaud IKEA for its commitment to promoting play for all children – here in the U.S. and around the world.”

Playing at IKEA: IKEA Stores to Host In-Store Play Experiences and Global Play Date

To celebrate the importance of play in our everyday lives, IKEA is incorporating playful experiences at stores worldwide** through interactive games and activities throughout stores during the Let’s Play for Change campaign. These play experiences will be available at all IKEA U.S. stores between November 9 and December 24, 2017.

Additionally, on November 20, 2017 – in honor of Universal Children’s Day and children’s right to play – IKEA stores around the world will host a global play date, inviting everyone to enjoy a variety of in-store activities, games and offerings geared towards the most important people in the world: children. IKEA U.S. stores will offer 50% off all soft toys*** – including the 2017 SAGOSKATT collection – from November 18 to 20, 2017.

Not Just for Kids: New IKEA 2017 Play Report Underscores Importance of Play for Adults, Too

The IKEA 2017 Play Report, released today, focuses on the universal benefits of play for both adults and children, as well as the major barriers that prevent many adults from playing at all. The Play Report also uncovered key trends shaping the future of play, which IKEA hopes will inform new products and solutions for more playful, joyful lives. Among several key trends identified are:

•Return to Retro: As technology becomes more pervasive, people rebel by turning to and celebrating nostalgic games from their childhood. From old board games to the Game Boy, there is a desire to keep play simple.•Multi-Sensory Play: The rise of more immersive and intense experiences that engage multiple senses at once.•Blurring of Boundaries: As lives become increasingly fast-paced, play will begin to enter all aspects of people’s lives. From the workplace to the gym, people will look to play in traditionally non-playful spaces.“At IKEA, we know good things happen if everyone – children and adults alike! – said ‘yes’ to playing a bit more. Play fuels our development, makes us more creative, teaches us to work together and sparks curiosity,” said Maria Thörn, Range Manager, IKEA of Sweden. “Our research has strengthened our belief that play is critical for a better everyday life at home. Now, we’re applying our findings to help enable more playful everyday lives.”

For consumers: To learn more about the IKEA ‘Let’s Play for Change’ Campaign, U.S. consumers can visit http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/this-is-ikea/people-and-planet/people-and-communities/#good-cause-campaign

For press: To view or download press materials, including the full IKEA Play Report 2017, the SAGOSKATT press kit and other Let’s Play for Change assets, please visit: INSERT LINK. To learn more about the beneficiary partners of Let’s Play for Change campaign, and how the campaign’s funds will be used to support children’s right to play, please visit https://www.ikeafoundation.org/campaigns/lets-play/

DISCLAIMERS:
*SAGOSKATT will not be available at new IKEA Jacksonville and IKEA Grand Prairie stores opening this fall/winter.

**Timing of play experiences varies by country. Play experiences will be available at IKEA U.S. stores between November 9 and December 24, 2017. Note: New IKEA Jacksonville and IKEA Grand Prairie stores will not have in-store play experiences. To learn about the availability of in-store play activities in other countries, contact local IKEA stores.

***While supplies last.

About IKEA
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 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 45 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, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

About IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation (Stichting IKEA Foundation) is the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the IKEA Group of companies. The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and a sustainable family income, while helping these communities fight and cope with climate change.Learn more at http://www.ikeafoundation.org and www.facebook.com/IKEAfoundation

About Save the ChildrenSave the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a health start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Contact:

Kathy Boerner
646-935-3914
Kathy.Boerner@Ketchum.com

Source: IKEA

H&M Foundation supports humanitarian relief works in South Asia with special focus on children’s education

H&M Foundation supports humanitarian relief works in South Asia with special focus on children’s education

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Sep-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — In addition to the human tragedy that follows in the wake of South Asia’s worst flooding in years, Save the Children warns that children´s education and long-term well-being is also put at risk. H&M foundation donates important support to Save the Children´s work in India and Bangladesh where 1.3 million children are currently out of school.

Due to the severe situation, the H&M Foundation has decided to donate $200,000 to Save the Children’s humanitarian relief work. Aside from helping provide basic necessities like food, clean drinking water and shelter, the donation will have a special focus on education. Hundreds of thousands of children could fall permanently out of the school system if education isn’t prioritized in the relief efforts,” says Diana Amini, Global Manager H&M Foundation.

The floods have had a huge impact on education institutions right across the region with more than 12,000 schools damaged or destroyed in India and 4,000 in Bangladesh. In some areas schools have been suspended for several weeks. However, there are teaching staff available, learning materials and attendance is low because students are trying to survive the floods with their families.

“Education is a critical factor in this kind of emergency response. Lost education jeopardizes the safety of children and can increase the risk of child labor and trafficking.”

Elisabeth Dahlin, CEO Save the Children Sweden

Save the Children is helping support education in India and Bangladesh. The aid agency has set up temporary learning spaces so classes can resume immediately, distributed back to school kits with basic learning materials and is providing psychosocial support to students affected by the floods.

Aside from education, Save the Children is also distributing tarpaulins for temporary shelter, running special playgroups for children to help them recover and distributing relief items including hygiene kits, food packages, clean drinking water, kitchen kits and cash for basic necessities.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS
Diana Amini, Global Manager, H&M Foundation
diana.amini@hmfoundation.com
+46 (0)729 804 802
hmfoundation.com

Anders Maxson, Media Manager, Save the Children Sweden
anders.maxson@rb.se
+46 (0)8 698 67 55
savethechildren.net

 

ABOUT H&M FOUNDATION
The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M. Its mission is to drive long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with organizations around the globe, the H&M Foundation drives change within four focus areas; Education, Water, Equality and Planet. In addition to this, the Foundation can also provide emergency relief. Since 2013, the Stefan Persson family has donated 1.1 billion Swedish kronor (USD 154 million/EUR 123 million) to the Foundation. For more information, visit hmfoundation.com.

 

ABOUT SAVE THE CHILDREN
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. Learn more by visiting: savethechildren.net

SOURCE: H&M

The H&M Foundation provides further support to Save the Children – totaling $600,000 – for their work in Ethiopia

Following the worst drought in decades, a major food security emergency is ongoing in southern Ethiopia. The H&M Foundation now makes their third donation to Save the Children – totaling $600,000 – to support their work in this region.

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — jThe 2015 drought in Ethiopia, caused by the strongest El Niño phenomenon on record, affected crop production and access to clean water. This resulted in high levels of malnutrition, increased spread of disease and livestock deaths, amongst other things.

Due to the government-led response, and the support of several international and national NGOs, a crisis was averted and fortunately, towards the end of 2016, some of the regions began to receive rainfall. In 2017, however, there is a new drought in the southeast of the country and it is estimated that 5.6 million people will require food aid and 9.1 million people will not have regular access to safe drinking water, resulting in dehydration and health complications. The lack of food and water also results in children dropping out of school. Many of these children will be at risk of abuse, neglect and violence and will require child protection assistance.

H&M Foundation already donated to the first response in 2015 and 2016, totaling $500,000. However, since the drought is recurring in other parts of the country and the crisis does not receive enough global attention to get the financial support that is needed to save people’s lives, the H&M Foundation will provide further support amounting to $100,000.

“The new donation will continue to support the ongoing work to provide immediate lifesaving humanitarian assistance to those directly affected by the drought.

Diana Amini, Global Manager H&M Foundation

“With our previous donation, over 300,000 people in Ethiopia were supported to meet food, water, health and livelihoods needs and 6,000 children were successfully treated for malnutrition. The new donation will continue to support the ongoing work to provide immediate lifesaving humanitarian assistance to those directly affected by the drought”, says Diana Amini, Global Manager at the H&M Foundation.

“In 2016, the Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners like Save the Children were able to prevent a massive natural disaster from becoming a massive humanitarian disaster, thanks to the generous support and contributions of humanitarian-minded individuals and organizations around the world. Unfortunately, nature has struck again with a new drought in the south of the country that has put millions of lives at risk again, and we call on all of our supporters to help once again as we face this new crisis”, says Charlie Mason, Humanitarian Director at Save the Children in Ethiopia.

ABOUT H&M FOUNDATION

The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M. Its mission is to drive long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with organizations around the globe, the H&M Foundation drives change within four focus areas; Education, Water, Equality and Planet. In addition to this, the Foundation can also provide emergency relief. Since 2013, the Stefan Persson family has donated 1.1 billion Swedish kronor (USD 154 million/EUR 123 million) to the Foundation. For more information, visit hmfoundation.com.

ABOUT SAVE THE CHILDREN

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes, and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. Learn more by visiting: savethechildren.net.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Diana Amini
Global Manager, H&M Foundation
diana.amini@hmfoundation.com
+46 (0)729 804 802
hmfoundation.com

Anders Maxson
Media Manager, Save the Children Sweden
anders.maxson@rb.se
+46 (0)8 698 67 55
savethechildren.net

Source: H&M

EROSKI y Save the Children unen fuerzas contra la pobreza infantil en España

EROSKI y Save the Children unen fuerzas contra la pobreza infantil en España
EROSKI y Save the Children unen fuerzas contra la pobreza infantil en España

 

Elorrio, España, 2016-Aug-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha puesto en marcha una campaña solidaria en su red de supermercados e hipermercados con el fin de recaudar fondos a favor de Save the Children. Ambas organizaciones unen así fuerzas contra la pobreza infantil en España, con la mirada puesta en garantizar material escolar a  niños en riesgo de exclusión de cara a la próxima vuelta al cole. La campaña se desarrollará durante los meses de agosto y septiembre.

“Contribuir a una sociedad más justa, solidaria y sostenible forma parte de nuestro ADN como cooperativa de consumo. Con esta campaña confiamos en ayudar a fortalecer los recursos de Save the Children y garantizar la equidad educativa de los menores en edad escolar”, ha señalado el director de Responsabilidad Social de EROSKI, Alejandro Martínez Berriochoa.

“Apoyos como el de EROSKI son imprescindibles en nuestro trabajo con la infancia más vulnerable. Su colaboración servirá para mejorar las vidas de niños en riesgo de exclusión en nuestro país y conseguir que todos tengan las mismas oportunidades para desarrollar su máximo potencial”, ha indicado el director general de Save the Children, Andrés Conde.

Recaudación de fondos a través de la bolsa solidaria
En el marco de esta campaña, EROSKI destinará los beneficios de la venta de su bolsa solidaria a Save the Childrendurante los meses de agosto y septiembre. La bolsa puede ser adquirida en los supermercados e hipermercados de la cooperativa al paso por caja.

Asimismo, cerca de una veintena de hipermercados EROSKI de País Vasco, Navarra, Cantabria, La Rioja y Burgos desarrolla de forma adicional una campaña de recogida de material escolar. Los consumidores pueden adquirir cuadernos, blocks de hojas, pinturas, rotuladores y material de escritura que Save the Children repartirá posteriormente entre los niños que atiende a través del Programa de Lucha contra la Pobreza Infantil.

La infancia es el colectivo en el que más han impactado la crisis económica y los recortes en ayudas sociales. A través de este programa, Save the Children apuesta por la educación como la herramienta más poderosa para romper el círculo de transmisión de la pobreza. La organización presta apoyo educativo a niños con privaciones severas y desarrolla actividades de ocio y tiempo libre que les permitan a ellos y a sus familias tener las mismas oportunidades que las demás. En total, en 2015  apoyó a 8.027 niños y 2.603 adultos en situación de pobreza.

Sobre EROSKI
EROSKI, que sumará además una aportación adicional a la recaudación de esta campaña, desarrolla desde sus inicios múltiples iniciativas de acción social, principalmente relacionadas con la promoción de los hábitos de vida saludables, la formación al consumidor, la defensa del medio ambiente y la solidaridad.

Sobre Save the Children
Save the Children es la organización independiente líder en la defensa de los derechos de la infancia en todo el mundo. Trabaja en más de 120 países salvando vidas, proporcionando seguridad y protección a los niños y las niñas y defendiendo sus derechos en el marco de la Convención sobre los Derechos del Niño de Naciones Unidas.

En España trabaja desde hace más de 20 años con programas de atención a los niños y niñas más vulnerables, centrados en la infancia en riesgo de pobreza o exclusión social. A través de sus programas en España, proporciona una atención integral a los niños, niñas y sus familias para que la situación económica o de exclusión social en la que viven los niños no les impida disfrutar plenamente de sus derechos y puedan alcanzar el máximo de sus capacidades.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:

944 158 642
comunicacion@eroski.es

Source: Eroski

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Toys”R”Us launches web series that look at Save the Children’s early childhood development programs

WAYNE, NJ, 2016-Apr-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — To spotlight the impact that even 10 minutes of play per day can have on a child in need, as well as our recent #PlayWithPurpose fundraising and awareness campaign, we launched a web series that takes an intimate look at Save the Children’s early childhood development programs and the children’s and families’ lives they enrich through providing unstructured playtime.

But First, A Little Bit About Our Partnership…
Save the Children is the leading nonprofit working to ensure every U.S. child is healthy, safe and learning. Together, we embarked on a mission to provide some of the 15.5 million youth living in impoverished regions of the country with opportunities and resources to integrate purposeful play into their everyday lives; a factor proven critical in children’s emotional, physical and cognitive development and future growth. During the company’s recent in-store and online fundraising campaign, more than $1 million was raised to help Save the Children bring learning through play to kids in need.

The four video vignettes featured below highlight the importance of play has on the lives of children living in poverty. Watch as these little boys and girls unlock key developmental skills, find confidence and enhance their imagination – the building blocks to success – and of course, their faces as they light up at the joy and wonder of play.

Paula
In this first vignette, viewers get a glimpse into the life of Paula, a mother of two who has experienced a number of hardships, including homelessness, which contributed to her daughters exhibiting anger issues. They fought frequently, kicked and screamed at one another, pushing Paula to reach her breaking point. With the help of Hollie, a Save the Children home visitor, Paula has seen the monumental effect that the daily integration of basic play has had on her children’s behavioral issues. Hollie has shown Paula how to use play to foster patience and teach the girls to take turns, while having fun together. Paula credits Save the Children with turning her household around and giving her a chance to be the caring, engaged mom she wants to be.

Mona
Meet Mona, a young mother who lost her first baby girl after a nearly year-long struggle to get her a lifesaving medical treatment. When her second daughter Annabelle was born soon after, Mona was still grieving and having difficulty bonding with her. With the help of Sheila, a Save the Children home visitor, Mona was able to focus on Annabelle and bring play into the life of the now one-year-old. The mother-child bond that play helped build was instrumental in both Anabelle’s early development and Mona’s healing process. Mona even found a creative way to incorporate the memory of the sister Anabelle never met into their playtime.

Autaevea
This third vignette features Autaevea, a mom in South Carolina who wants the best for her kids, despite some steep economic challenges. Sheila, a Save the Children home visitor, shows Autaevea and other struggling parents that they don’t need money to give their kids the best gift of all – playtime. See how Sheila provides parents with the knowledge to use everyday household objects to help their babies and toddlers develop, explore and have lots of fun – all while building a foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Alicia
In this video vignette, a dynamic after school program helps once-struggling kids thrive through play. Like most children in the U.S. who live in poverty, the students from the Lake Quinault-area of rural Washington State are at high-risk of falling behind in school. Watch how local Save the Children program leaders like Alicia help children succeed by making learning fun. And, children such as fifth-grader Ozrick not only catch up, they begin to realize their dreams of a brighter future.

You can learn more about why a daily dose of #PlayWithPurpose is so important early in a child’s life with our Save the Children infograms. Check them out!

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Toys"R"Us launches web series that look at Save the Children’s early childhood development programs

Toys”R”Us launches web series that look at Save the Children’s early childhood development programs

Toys“R”Us® launches its brand-new ‘Play With Purpose’ fundraising and awareness campaign in partnership with Save the Children

15.5 Million U.S. Children Live in Poverty; Many Lack Playtime in Their Daily Lives; 10 Minutes of Play Improves Children’s Performance; Play Enhances the Progress of Early Development by 34%

Wayne, NJ, 2016-Feb-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced the launch of its brand-new ‘Play With Purpose’fundraising and awareness campaign in partnership with Save the Children – the leading nonprofit working to ensure every U.S. child is healthy, safe and learning. Together, Toys“R”Us and Save the Children are embarking on a mission to provide some of the 15.5 million youth living in impoverished regions of the country with opportunities and resources to integrate purposeful play into their everyday lives; a factor proven critical in children’s emotional, physical and cognitive development and future growth. Now through April 17, customers can make cash donations at any Toys“R”Us or Babies“R”Us® store, or online at Toysrus.com/PlayWithPurpose to help bring learning through play to kids in need.

CLICK TO TWEET: Join @Toysrus and @SavetheChildren to bring #playwithpurpose to the 15.5M U.S. kids in need. Donate today: www.toysrus.com/playwithpurpose

The company’s Play With Purpose campaign is designed to support Save the Children’s early childhood development programs – Early Steps to School Success, Literacy/Healthy Choices and the SummerBoost Initiative – which help children in some of America’s most underprivileged areas thrive. To further assist families involved in the Early Steps program, a targeted approach to enhancing school readiness for children ages 0-5, Toys“R”Us will provide Save the Children with “play packs” filled with toys that build key skills and encourage socialization, along with informational materials to educate parents on the benefits of engaging with children during play.

“Witnessing a child’s face light up during playtime is a truly awesome moment. What’s more, play can help children unlock developmental skills, instill confidence and enhance imagination – the building blocks to success,” said Dave Brandon, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “To know that millions of children living in poverty do not have access to play – whether due to limited family resources or knowledge about the importance of play – is heartbreaking. Together with Save the Children, and with the support of our team members and customers nationwide, we will strive to ensure all kids are provided opportunities to play with purpose.”

“Play enhances early childhood development, improving language skills and a child’s social, emotional and physical well-being. That’s why daily playtime is so important,” said Judie Jerald, Senior Advisor for Early Childhood Education Policy at Save the Children Action Network. “Having conducted many in-home visits, I’ve witnessed first-hand the monumental benefits families experience with the basic integration of play in their daily lives – from overcoming behavioral issues, to improving independent learning. Now, with Toys“R”Us providing toys and resources to directly facilitate meaningful play, we can help children foster a love of learning and realize achievements – in school and life – that they and their parents never thought possible.”

Families Face the Facts, Embrace Play and See Results

Through the good work of Save the Children’s early childhood development programs and field representatives, underprivileged families from Washington to South Carolina are able to reap the benefits of hands-on involvement, as they embrace unstructured playtime in their homes. Statistics serving as the foundation of this campaign include:

  • Play builds the foundation for a lifetime of learning
  • Pretend play with a child from 8 to 17 months old is linked to higher intellect at age 5
  • Young children benefit from interaction, babbling, facial expressions and gestures, the absence of such responses from adults can lead to disparities in learning and behavior
  • In one study, children age 1 ½ to 2 ½ who were provided sets of plastic building bricks had significantly higher language scores six months later
  • Even 10 minutes of play can improve a child’s performance, may encourage thinking and successfully controls behavior
  • Children with access to a variety of toys reach higher levels of intellectual achievement

*Visit http://www.toysrusinc.com/charitable-giving/play-with-purpose/works-cited for a full list of citations and resources.

Visit the Toys“R”Us YouTube Channel to view a video series that provides an inside look at some of the children and families positively impacted by Play With Purpose and join the conversation with @Toysrus, @Babiesrus and@SaveTheChildren using #PlayWithPurpose.

For more than a decade Toys“R”Us and Save the Children have partnered to bring awareness and much-needed funding to children in need in the U.S. and around the world. Financial support totaling more than $7.6 million – including donations from customers, Toys“R”Us and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund – has helped the organization provide thousands of blankets to babies in impoverished regions in the U.S., benefited Save the Children’s early childhood development programs and offered critical assistance during times of crises.

To kick off the 2016 Play With Purpose campaign, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund awarded Save the Children with a $100,000 grant.

Click HERE to download images related to the Play With Purpose campaign.

Charitable Giving at Toys“R”Us

The philanthropic mission of Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund contributes millions of dollars annually to various children’s organizations, including those providing disaster relief to victims of large-scale crises, as well as those supporting America’s military families. The Fund also provides grants to leading special needs organizations, furthering the company’s commitment to children of all abilities. In addition to financial and product donations, Toys“R”Us, Inc. hosts in-store and online fundraising campaigns annually that raise millions of dollars for the company’s signature philanthropic partners.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Adrienne O’Hara
973-617-4383
Adrienne.Ohara@toysrus.com

Nicole Hayes
973-617-4371
Nicole.Hayes@toysrus.com

IKEA Foundation has contributed $97.7M to Save the Children and UNICEF since 2003; benefitted over 12 M children in over 46 countries

Conshohocken, PA, 2016-Jan-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 12 million children in over 46 countries have better schools, teachers and learning materials, thanks to a 13 year partnership between the IKEA Foundation, Save the Children and UNICEF.

Since 2003, the IKEA Foundation’s ‘Soft Toys for Education’ campaign has contributed $97.7 million (€88 million) * to Save the Children and UNICEF, helping to increase school attendance for some of the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable children. Funds have also helped train teachers, provide educational materials and improve child protection systems in schools and communities.

This year’s campaign, which ran November 1 through December 26, 2015, the U.S. alone raised over $1.4 million through soft toys, IKEA FAMILY children’s books and card games sales.

“Education is the most solid road leading out of poverty. All children have the right to an education but still too many are left behind. Partnering with UNICEF and Save the Children for 13 years has allowed us to address this issue strategically and invest in improving the quality of education in some of the world’s poorest communities—and we’re incredibly grateful to the IKEA customers and co-workers who have worked so hard to make that right a reality for over 12 million children,” said Per Heggenes, CEO IKEA Foundation

In Ethiopia, funds from the IKEA Foundation have helped UNICEF reach children in rural farming communities with basic education. The flexible schooling model has been so successful that the Ethiopian government has rolled it out nationally.

“Over the last 13 years, the incredible support of the IKEA Foundation and IKEA employees and customers has been invaluable in helping UNICEF transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children through education,” said Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “Thanks to this partnership, millions of children around the world will have the opportunity to receive a quality education and build a better and brighter future for themselves and their communities.”

In China, IKEA Foundation funding helped develop early-childhood development centers for disadvantaged children living in selected rural communities. The impact of these centers on children’s lives contributed to the Government of China’s decision to universalize preschool education.

With the support of the IKEA Foundation, Save the Children has worked in 17 countries in Asia and Europe to provide educational opportunities for previously out-of-school children, to improve the learning environment and to train teachers on child-centered, nonviolent, and inclusive teaching methodology.

“With the help of the ‘Soft Toys for Education’ campaign, Save the Children is creating a better and brighter future for children – giving the most vulnerable kids access to learning, and teachers the tools to provide a better quality education,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “We are extremely thankful for our partnership with the IKEA Foundation, and all the support we’ve received from IKEA employees and customers the past 13 years. Together we have made an enormous difference in the lives of children.”

In Bangladesh, the Philippines and Vietnam, Save the Children has, together with education authorities and civil society organizations, supported policy reform and practices to ensure that children from minority groups learn in a language they understand.

Although the Soft Toys for Education campaign has ended its successful run, the IKEA Foundation will continue its commitment to UNICEF and Save the Children through ongoing grants in Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia in the areas of education, early-childhood care and development, child protection, adolescence and humanitarian response.

Through the IKEA IWitness program, IKEA co-workers get to see first-hand how the campaigns they support create a better everyday life for children and their families in developing countries.

*For every soft toy, children’s book and card game sold, the IKEA Foundation donated one euro ($1.11)* to UNICEF and Save the Children to train teachers, improve child-protection systems, provide educational materials, and increase school attendance in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Notes to editors
Behind these figures are the individual stories of teachers and children like May Yoi Ching Marma in Bangladesh, Naima in the Philippines, Nokolunga in South Africa and Jan Sankoh in Sierra Leone.

Save the Children
The story of Naima in Mindanao, the Philippines
savethechildren.net/save-children-ikea-foundation-collaboration-case-study-philippines
The story of May Yoi Ching in Bangladesh
savethechildren.net/save-children-ikea-foundation-collaboration-case-study-bangladesh

UNICEF
The story of Nokulunga in South Africa
unicef.org/esaro/5440_south-africa_day-of-the-girl-child.html
Studying despite the Ebola outbreak Sierra Leone
unicef.org/infobycountry/sierraleone_81528.html

IKEA U.S.
Mona Astra Liss, US Corporate PR Director
610.834.0180, ext. 5852
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Jeremy Soulliere
Manager, Media & Communications
203-295-5842
Jsoulliere@savechildren.org

UNICEF
Andrea Sioris
Deputy Director, Public Relations
(212) 880-9136
asioris@unicefusa.org

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 329 IKEA Group stores in 27 countries. There are 41 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 15, IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.9 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA-USA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, http://www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, IKEA-USA.com/sharespace

About IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation (Stichting IKEA Foundation) is the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the IKEA Group of companies. We aim to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programs that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and a sustainable family income, while helping these communities fight and cope with climate change. Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org and www.facebook.com/IKEAfoundation.

About Save the Children
Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

SOURCE: Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

The H&M Conscious Foundation donates USD 100,000 to support Save the Children in their emergency relief efforts in Ethiopia

The H&M Conscious Foundation is donating USD 100,000 to support Save the Children in their emergency relief efforts in Ethiopia during the current drought crisis. The support from H&M Conscious Foundation will be directed towards food and nutrition, clean water, sanitation and hygiene as well as basic education to children in affected areas.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2015-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to the Save the Children, the drought in Ethiopia is now forecast to be the strongest in 30 years. The main reason is El Nino-induced weather patterns manifested as drought in the northern highlands of Addis Ababa and flooding in the south.

− The emerging disaster in Ethiopia will have devastating implications for the food security of millions of people. It is the youngest who suffer most in disasters due to food shortages and malnutrition. Therefore an early response is needed as a preventive measure, says Diana Amini, Global Manager at the H&M Conscious Foundation.

Currently, as many as 8.2 million people are in need of emergency food assistance, 5 million children are at risk of hunger, more than 300,000 children are at risk of severe malnutrition and 210,600 people are expected to be affected by flooding. Save the Children calls for action in order to avoid a full scale humanitarian crisis.

− This is no ordinary year in Ethiopia, and Save the Children is already on the ground saving lives. In all affected areas where we work, we’re rapidly providing food, water, medicine and crucial support to families who have lost their incomes. The global response is at this stage still low, and we welcome the donation from H&M Conscious Foundation, says Secretary General Elisabeth Dahlin, Save the Children Sweden.

The donation from H&M Conscious Foundation will contribute to:

·         Treat and prevent acute malnutrition among children under five years of age, and other vulnerable groups. Food assistance, seed distribution, livestock feed and animal health services.

·         Provide water, sanitation and hygiene related services.

·         Basic education to children in affected areas as well as providing schooling for internally displaced children.

·         Child protection through the use of child friendly spaces and other specialized interventions for displaced children to keep them safe from physical and psychological harm.

The H&M Conscious Foundation can make donations if a disaster occurs in a country where H&M operates, and Ethiopia is an H&M production country.

The H&M Conscious Foundation is an independent non-profit global foundation, initiated by H&M. The mission of the Foundation is to create long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in communities, people and innovative ideas. Through partnerships with prominent organizations around the globe, the Foundation drives change within three focus areas, as chosen by H&M employees and customers: Education, Clean Water and Strengthening Women. To further improve living conditions the Foundation supports innovative ideas that contribute to safeguarding the earth’s natural resources, for example through its initiative Global Change Award. The Foundation can also provide emergency relief in countries where H&M operates. Today, the Foundation is funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and the main owners of H&M.

For further information, visit hm.com/consciousfoundation

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Starbucks Foundation donates to three non-profit organizations supporting refugees throughout Europe

SEATTLE, 2015-9-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of Starbucks commitment to help the communities it serves, the Starbucks Foundation today announced donations to three non-profit organizations supporting refugees throughout Europe.

Instability and conflict has produced the largest group of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced persons since World War II, according to the United Nations.

“Like many of you, over these last few months I have watched with a very heavy heart as refugees from any number of war-torn countries arrive here in Europe – almost all with no place to go, no family, and very little money or belongings. And, remarkably, many of them children traveling on their own. All seeking safety, security, and a better life here in Europe,” said Kris Engskov, president Starbucks EMEA, in a letter to company partners (employees).

Noting that Starbucks has “a long history of helping those most in need,” Engskov announced support from the company’s foundation.

The Starbucks Foundation will donate $75,000 to Save the Children, a non-profit focused on providing urgent relief and long-term aid to refugee children and their families across Central and Western Europe. Save the Children was one of the first to jump into the most recent refugee crisis, with a direct focus on children.

On a regional basis, the Starbucks Foundation will donate $20,000 to Aktion Deutschland Hilft, an alliance of respected aid organizations leading refugee support in Germany. An additional $15,000 will go to Caritas, which is doing the same work across Austria and other European countries.

“We believe that donating funds directly to these organizations is the best way for us to support expert relief providers, enabling them to allocate resources where they are most needed.  And, with great urgency,” Engskov said.

Many Starbucks partners are also volunteering in their communities to support relief efforts through local aid organizations.

For more information on this news release, contact us.

H&M Conscious Foundation donates 100,000 USD to support the organization Save the Children in their work to help the victims of Nepal earthquake

H&M Conscious Foundation has decided to donate 100,000 USD to support the organization Save the Children in their work to help the victims of the earthquake in Nepal.

STOCKHOLM, 2015-4-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thousands of people have lost their lives in the recent earthquake in Nepal. It has caused extensive damage and collapsed buildings leaving many in need of shelter, food and water. Our thoughts go to the people affected.

Save the Children is working on site with the rescue work and is supporting the affected children and their families. The funding from Conscious Foundation will be directed towards shelter, child protection, education, water and hygiene. Health and nutrition will also be part of the support in the affected areas.

About the Conscious Foundation:
The H&M Conscious Foundation is an independent non-profit global foundation, initiated by H&M. The mission is to drive long lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. In case of natural disasters in regions where H&M operates, the H&M Conscious Foundation can provide emergency relief.

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The IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign is back, from November 9, 2014 – January 3, 2014

Conshohocken, PA, 2014-11-4— /EPR Retail News/ — The IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign, a good cause partnership between the IKEA Foundation, UNICEF and Save the Children, was first launched eleven years ago.

The idea is simple; for every Soft Toy or children’s book sold from November 9, 2014 – January 3, 2014, the IKEA Foundation donates 1 euro (approximately $1.30)* to UNICEF and Save the Children for children’s education projects.

The Soft Toys for Education campaign aims to provide quality education to vulnerable children living in poverty in developing countries. Since the campaign started, donations from the annual IKEA Soft Toy Campaign have totaled $ 90.4 million** (€67 million), helping more than 11 million children in 46 countries enjoy their right to a quality education. The donations help UNICEF and Save the Children train teachers in child-friendly teaching methods, improve child protection systems, supply education materials, and increase school attendance rates.

A love for reading opens the door to education, which is why, every year, IKEA creates a children’s book based on IKEA soft toy characters as part of the annual Soft Toys for Education Campaign. In this year’s book, “The Frog Prince,” young readers visit the fairy-tale forest and learn about the special bonds of friendship. The book is written by award-winning Swedish author Ulf Stark and illustrated by Silke Leffler. This year’s new soft toy friends from The Frog Prince fairy tale world are:TOSIG: the silly frog

  • LILLGAMMAL: the red-hooded rebel
  • PIPHARE: the wise hare
  • KATTUGGLA: the sweet owl

Supporting Education—Together

“Save the Children is privileged to be a part of the 11th annual IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign. By adding a children’s book or soft toy to their holiday gift list, IKEA shoppers can help the kids in their own life – and kids around the world – read, play and learn,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “A quality education helps children climb the ladder of opportunity and changes the course of their future.”

“We are so proud to team up with IKEA for the 11th year on their Soft Toys for Education campaign. By donating $1.30* from the sale of each soft toy, IKEA has helped raise more than $90 million to support education programs around the world including UNICEF’s Schools for Africa and Asia initiatives,” said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “The unwavering support from IKEA co-workers and customers has helped enable UNICEF to provide millions of vulnerable children, especially girls, with access to school and a quality education.”

“Investing in children’s education is the most powerful way to help them escape poverty. Through IKEA’s Soft Toys for Education campaign, we have been able to improve the education of more than 11 million children through our partnership with Save the Children and UNICEF. Access to a quality education is key to help them create a better future for themselves and their families,” commented Per Heggenes, CEO IKEA Foundation.

*based on $1.30 US dollar to one euro 10/2014
** based on $1.35 US dollar to one euro in 12/2013

For further information about the IKEA Soft Toy campaign, please contact:
IKEA
Mona Astra Liss
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com 610.834.0180/5852

Save the Children
Eileen Burke
Eburke@savechildren.org
203.216.0718

UNICEF
Andrea Sioris
ASioris@unicefusa.org
212-880-9136

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 303 IKEA Group stores in 26 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 40 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 14, IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.5 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

About IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programs that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and sustainable family income. Currently-funded programs benefit an estimated 100 million children. Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org and www.facebook/IKEAfoundation

About Save the Children
Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, please visit www.unicefusa.org. Find us on Twitter: @unicefusa; join us on Facebook: UNICEF-USA.

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H&M Conscious Foundation donates $100,000 to support Save the Children in helping flood victims in South Asia

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-9-23— /EPR Retail News/ — H&M Conscious Foundation has donated 100,000 USD to support the organization Save the Children in their work to help the victims of the devastating flooding in South Asia.

The funding will be directed towards emergency relief kits, solar lamps, hygiene kits etc. Food packages and safe drinking water will also be provided in the affected areas. Cash-for-work programs and unconditional cash grants will be set up to help families in need.  Child friendly places for education and psychosocial care will also be a part of the support.

Since the beginning of September more than 14.5 million people have been affected by this disaster, out of which 5.6 million are children. Massive damage has been caused to homes and local infrastructure in the Himalayan region and Bangladesh due to raging monsoon floods. More than 460 people have lost their lives and one million are displaced. There is an urgent need for humanitarian assistance to people that have lost their families and homes in these areas, why the support of the H&M Conscious Foundation is very much needed.

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H&M Conscious Foundation donates $100,000 to support Save the Children in helping flood victims in South Asia

H&M Conscious Foundation donates $100,000 to support Save the Children in helping flood victims in South Asia