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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 Assist in Hurricane Florence Relief


ROSEMONT, Ill. (September 20, 2018)—Housewares suppliers can help residents of the Carolinas recover from Hurricane Florence by donating needed products to Good360, the International Housewares Association announced today. IHA is partnering once again with Good360 to provide hurricane victims with home products as they rebuild their lives and homes. IHA partnered with Good360 last year to help with the recovery efforts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Flooding will continue for days, according to North Carolina and South Carolina state officials. Florence will leave up to 40 inches of rain in southeastern North Carolina and the northeastern tip of South Carolina. Other parts of North Carolina and South Carolina will be left with up to 20 inches of rain. The rain will cause significant river flooding, with some rivers not cresting until later this week.

Good360 is working closely with the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) to help shelters with immediate needs such as personal items, toiletries and water, as well as products that will help in the clean-up. Over the next few weeks, needs will transition to household goods. Any products IHA members can provide will be managed by Good360, and working with FEMA, Good360 will deliver donations to those in need.

“We’re pleased to partner with Good360 and leverage the generosity of the housewares industry to help make a difference for thousands of hurricane victims,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president & CEO. “Good360 is an organization with an impeccable track record of distributing needed products in a well-managed and structured way. Their corporate partners in disaster recovery include Walmart, Home Depot, IKEA, CVS and UPS.”

Members with questions about donating product can contact Jim Alvey, Good360’s director of corporate development, at jalvey@good360.org or 703 299-7554 or visit Good360.org for more information.

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The International Housewares Association is the 80-year-old voice of the housewares industry, which accounted for (US)$355.4 billion at retail worldwide in 2016 ($87.1 billion at retail in the U.S.). The not-for-profit, full-service association sponsors the world's premier exposition of products for the home, the International Home + Housewares Show, and offers its 1,700 member companies a wide range of services, including industry and government advocacy, export assistance, State-of-the-Industry reports, point-of-sale and consumer panel data through Housewares MarketWatch, executive management peer groups, a unique Web-based community at www.housewares.org and group buying discounts on business solutions services.

About Good360
Good360 is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit that works with companies, charities and individuals to make the business of giving simpler, more efficient and more effective. The Alexandria, Va.-based organization was created in 1983 to help companies donate inventory to charitable organizations.