Gift for Life raising funds to feed earthquake victims

Gift for Life’s Home vs. Hunger team has launched a fundraising campaign to support World Central Kitchen’s hunger relief efforts in Turkey and Syria following powerful earthquakes and aftershocks in February. All funds will be directed to World Central Kitchen, which is working with local partners supporting families impacted by the crisis, as well as the rescue crews.

Donations may be made via the Home vs. Hunger page link: The campaign goal is $25,000, which will provide thousands of hot meals to families in crisis.

“We are working together with home furnishings brands, trade media, market centers, influencers and industry organizations to quickly raise awareness, gather donations and send help to desperate families,” said Russ Jones, co-chair of Home vs. Hunger. “Every dollar helps someone, and every dollar goes directly to assistance programs.”

Home vs. Hunger team members include Sharon Davis, ART; Jen Dolan, Arteriors; Jenny Heinzen York, Currey & Company; Jonathan Cochran, Eichholtz; Chris Amos, International Market Centers; Mark Furlet, IMC; Russ Jones, Ivystone; Douglas Self, J. Douglas; and Sandra Standefer, Loloi Rugs.

In addition to this immediate need and campaign, ongoing Home vs Hunger fundraising efforts will take place during the spring High Point Market, April 22-26.

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World Central Kitchen, founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés, uses the power of food to nourish communities and strengthen economies in times of crisis and beyond. 

Gift for Life was founded by Peter Schauben of Appleman Schauben in 1992 in response to the tragic loss of industry lives to AIDS. Since that time, Gift for Life has raised nearly $6 million for AIDS research, education, treatment and care. In 2021, with Covid-19 temporarily causing cancelation of in-person events at industry markets, Gift for Life pivoted toward online digital events with a specific emphasis on pandemic-related hunger relief. In 2023, the all-volunteer organization will continue to support programs that address hunger relief.

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