Grand Prairie, Frisco—IKEA locations in Frisco and Grand Prairie teamed up to provide $20,000 in play essentials for North Texas children enrolled in the YMCA’s COVID-19 Emergency Child Care Services program.
With COVID-19-related school closures and the urgency for essential workers to report to work, there is a critical need for safe childcare options. In response, in March the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas began offering free emergency childcare at select branches. Today, emergency childcare is provided at six locations across North Texas for families of first responders, healthcare and hospital workers, government officials, grocery workers and others who must continue to work during this challenging time. These sites and additional sites will be added to support off-site summer programming.
IKEA’s donation contains items such as play mats, toy trains, dollhouses, toy storage and art essentials that are easily sanitized to fuel children’s creativity, learning and fun.
“IKEA is committed to creating a better everyday life for many people,” regional market manager Derrick Liburd said. “It’s our belief this commitment shouldn’t only be demonstrated in the products we provide, but also by making direct contributions to the communities in which we operate. We’re happy to be able to make this kind of impact in the lives of children.”
“We are very grateful to IKEA for their generosity and partnership,” Suzana Delgado-Gray, executive director & VP of operations for the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, said. “The items IKEA has gifted our Y’s offering free emergency childcare for those on the frontlines in our communities will go a long way in creating a safe, fun and meaningful experience for the children entrusted in our care.”
This North Texas initiative is part of a more than $1.6 million nationwide donation that IKEA Retail U.S. announced. Organizations in need of IKEA products and supplies can reach out through their local store’s information page at www.ikea.com.
SOURCE Ingka Group