IKEA Helped Staten Island Hurricane Sandy Victims When They Needed It Most

IKEA-Helped-Staten-Island-Hurricane-Sandy-Victims-When-They-Needed-It-Most-ImageIKEA, the iconic Swedish home-furnishings company, came to the rescue of Staten Islander’s hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy when they needed it most.  The retailer donated more than $200,000 worth of new furniture to Staten Island residents who lost everything during the storm – and their help came quickly.

Generous Donation & Fast Delivery

IKEA not only donated hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of furniture. They also delivered it free of charge – and at a moment’s notice.  According to SILIVE.com, hundreds of Staten Island residents had to be evacuated from their homes due to rising flood waters that eventually reached an inconceivable eight feet high.  A local rescue group planned on relocating the families into temporary housing, but the deal fell through at the last minute – leaving the families without anywhere to go.

The rescue group called Evamay Lawson, the sustainability manager for IKEA, for help.  Although many people wouldn’t know it, the retailer has a history of providing relief after natural disasters, and has worked with the American Red Cross and Save the Children to support storm victims.

The company not only donated furniture, but they delivered it to the Staten Island families within 24 hours notice.  According to Lawson, “We’re a home-furnishings company – we know a lot of people lost a lot of furniture [and] their houses got damaged.  What we want to try to do is help people; we want to be a good community partner.”

Helping Out When It’s Needed Most

IKEA showed Staten Island residents that it truly is a good community partner.  Unfortunately, many homeowners insurance companies have not followed IKEA’s lead.  If you’re still waiting for insurance proceeds from Hurricane Sandy, contact Belluck & Fox.  Our New York bad faith insurance lawyers can help you cut through insurance claim red tape once and for all.