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International Housewares Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Deborah A.Teschke
Senior Manager, Public Relations & Communications
Email Debbie Teschke
847-692-0110


IHA Partners With Good360 to Collect Product Donations for Those in Need


ROSEMONT (Oct. 19, 2011) -- The International Housewares Association (IHA) has partnered with Good360 to simplify the process of making housewares donations from IHA members to assist victims of natural disasters in several states.

Good360 (formerly Gifts in Kind International) distributes donated products through thousands of pre-qualified, nonprofit charities. It has distributed more than $7 billion in product donations since its inception in 1983.

Good360 works with shelters, hospitals, schools, foster care agencies and nonprofits providing help rebuilding communities. Good360 also supports job training programs, churches, Head Start programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs and many other organizations. It works with more than 30 community redistribution partners that help break down large quantities of product to serve community-based charities across the U.S.

One early IHA donor, Jelmar, LLC, donated a full suite of cleaning supplies. “We are proud supporters of the IHA/Good360 partnership and excited at the opportunity to help support the effort to clean up after natural disasters,” said Alison Gutterman, Jelmar’s president. “Even as a small part of the larger rebuilding effort, cleaning up is critical to restoring a sense of normalcy to the affected areas and we’re honored to make that happen.”

Another donor, Whitford Corp. contributed fry pans that included the company’s non-stick coating. The pans were bought from customers who make cookware.

“Whitford is delighted to help alleviate the suffering that so many have experienced during recent tornados and floods that have caused such devastations,” said Whitford Director Tony Weir. “What Good360 is doing is admirable, and anyone who can contribute should take the request very seriously. Congratulations to Good360 on your good work!”

According to IHA President Phil Brandl, Good360 is currently assessing what housewares items are needed to support victims of recent natural disasters in the U.S. and would welcome any product donations by member companies that would match the needs of particular communities. Companies’ donations of needed items may be tax deductible.

“Good360 is an organization with an impeccable track record of distributing needed products in a well-managed and structured way,” Brandl said. “Their partners all meet qualification standards and sign required agreements, which ensures that the products they receive get to the people in need. We’re pleased to partner with Good360 and look forward to a long relationship than can contribute to their multi-faceted effort.”

Cindy Halperin, president and CEO of Good360, said the organization has already received frying pans, coffee makers and cleaning products through the partnership with IHA “with much more on the way.”

“Having the housewares industries support is fundamental to Good360 mission because these products are a critical need to those we serve,” she said. Housewares companies that would like to donate products to Good360 can find more information at www.Good360.org or contact Ginny Costello at IHA at gcostello@housewares.org or call 847.692.0114.

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