IKEA assembles lodge donation

A few years ago, the Swedish furniture company IKEA* employed the marketing slogan, “Home is the most important place in the world.”

However, thanks to a coronavirus-related donation of $2,500 worth of furniture to the Salvation Army’s Camp Connri in Ashford, Conn., even people far from home can now enjoy the company’s products.

IKEA New Haven marked its 16th anniversary in the city by making donations to the Salvation Army’s Southern New England Division and to the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA. That followed an earlier donation in April by IKEA to the city of New Haven’s Office of Housing & Homelessness Services.

Ashley Beecroft, IKEA’s market manager, said, “Being a good neighbor and demonstrating commitment to community is an essential part of the IKEA culture, which is why we are continuing to do what we can to support local organizations that have initiatives in communities impacted by COVID-19.”

Debbie Camner, director of advancement for The Salvation Army’s Southern New England Division, said the division heard about IKEA’s donations to camps and decided to apply.

Major Carl Avery, the divisional secretary, picked out nine desks, dressers, nightstands, and mirrors for the lodge at Camp Connri.

“We are grateful for the generous donation of furniture made by IKEA,” Avery said. “The furniture will help us provide comfortable lodging for people in need for many years to come at Camp Connri.”

Camner said the lodge doors were opened for COVID first responders to use during the pandemic.

“It remains available,” she said.

The lodge is normally used for retreats, senior functions, officer meetings, and other events, Camner said.

“The donation will come in handy,” she said. “We still have other rooms to furnish and we were told by IKEA that we may be able to receive more furniture from them through their next round of giving, which won’t be until September.”

The donations are part of a more than $1.5 million nationwide donation that IKEA announced in the spring to support COVID-19 initiatives.

by Robert Mitchell

*IKEA, founded in 1943, is known to most Americans for its ready-to-assemble furniture.
The company has more than 400 stores in 48 countries, including 50 in the United States.