IMC coordinating product donations for disaster areas

HIGH POINT — International Market Centers, which operates the Las Vegas and High Point markets, announced it will coordinate product donations and other humanitarian efforts by exhibitors in both cities.

“International Market Centers prides itself on being a ‘global good citizen,’ and we are delighted to mobilize our resources to help communities in need,” Robert Maricich, CEO of IMC, said in statement. “Whether the needs stem from natural disasters like the hurricanes in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico, or from tragedies like the recent shootings in Las Vegas, IMC is proud to facilitate logistics for exhibitor product donations, heighten awareness for exhibitor-sponsored initiatives and demonstrate support for communities in crisis.”

IMC has set up locations in High Point and Las Vegas to facilitate product donations for relief efforts in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico. In High Point, where market wrapped up this week, product donations can be delivered after Oct. 19 to IHFC Main 905. In Las Vegas, product donations will be accepted Nov. 1-Jan. 25 in showroom A416. The winter Las Vegas Market runs Jan. 28-Feb. 1.

Donations will be transported to affected areas and distributed through locally based assistance organizations.

Donations directed to Houston will be shared between Houston Furniture Bank and Dwell with Dignity. IMC is identifying appropriate aid-providing partnership organizations for relief efforts in Florida and Puerto Rico, and specifics will be announced soon.

Dwell with Dignity partners with the local design community to create complete home interiors for families in need. Additionally, the Houston Furniture Bank is helping 70 families a day as they rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The most immediate needs are mattresses (primarily queen and full mattress sets and metal bed frames,) small sofas and loveseats, small kitchen tables and chairs, dressers.

In addition, IMC has ongoing year-round partnerships with the American Cancer Society and A Simple Gesture food collection agency.

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