Dallas Market Center Announces Partnership with Houston Furniture Bank for Phase Two of DMC Cares Hurricane Relief Program

—Advances $1 Million Program with Targeted Donation Campaign—

DALLAS – September 28, 2017 – Dallas Market Center today announced a partnership with the Houston Furniture Bank for phase two of its DMC Cares Hurricane Relief Program. The company's goal is to create $1 million in support for several organizations, including the Houston Furniture Bank, via financial and product donations for hurricane survivors and is encouraging its exhibitors and attendees to join them in these efforts.

The Houston Furniture Bank, an independent 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, has been designated as a key beneficiary of Dallas Market Center’s fundraising and product donations. The Houston Furniture Bank is currently providing families with basic furniture including mattresses, beds, tables, chairs, sofas, and dressers. For information on how to help the Houston Furniture Bank email dmccares@dallasmarketcenter.com.
“As the gulf coast moves from recovery to rebuilding, we are proudly adding support for the Houston Furniture Bank,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. "Their mission is to help as many families as possible with basic home furnishings, and they foresee a desperate need continuing for many months. We call upon the industry to unite and to support their efforts.”

Oli Mohammed, executive director of Houston Furniture Bank, added: “We are pleased to partner with Dallas Market Center and to work together to serve the families who need basic home furnishings. Many of these families lost everything and now have no bed to sleep on, no chair to sit on, and no table to eat on. We need your help to be able to answer the critical, ongoing demand. Government assistance for housing does not include furniture so we depend upon community and industry support.”

In addition, Dallas Market Center is immediately initiating Operation ReStore, a sweeping support program to help affected retailers and sales representatives in the region. These customers are immediately eligible for a special travel package to help them attend trade events at Dallas Market Center. Customers interested in this program should email dmccares@dallasmarketcenter.com.

The market center continues to collect donations of personal care items and bulk clothing. A shipment of 16 pallets of donated products was recently delivered to the gulf coast region from donations collected at Dallas Market Center. New and unused toiletries, baby items, and men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing are being accepted and will be distributed directly into the affected region via the Dallas Jewish Family Services network. Donation information is available at www.dallasmarketcenter.com/dmccares.

Also on-site, a DMC Cares Sample Sale will take place October 2-3 and November 6-7, 2017. This 10,000 s.f. Hurricane Relief Sample Sale of donated gifts, home decor, fixtures, and more will take place in World Trade Center 476. Proceeds from this mega-sale, open to registered buyers attending First Monday/Tuesday events, will benefit DMC Cares and the Houston Furniture Bank. Exhibitors are invited to donate products. For more information, email dmccares@dallasmarketcenter.com.

Finally, many exhibitors are creating their own efforts to help affected retailers including offering specials including free shipping, discounts, donations, and date extensions. For an updated list, please check www.dallasmarketcenter.com/dmccares.

For complete information about DMC Cares, visit www.dallasmarketcenter.com/dmccares.

About Dallas Market Center
Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus near downtown Dallas, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products via open-daily showrooms and from exhibitors participating in trade events held throughout the year. The Dallas Market Center website is available at www.dallasmarketcenter.com.

About Houston Furniture Bank
Houston Furniture Bank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to Making Empty Houses Homes by providing furniture to families transitioning to independent living. First established in 1992, Houston Furniture Bank has served over 80,000 families and individuals in the Greater Houston region in partnership with more than 85 area social service agencies.
Houston Furniture Bank is located at 8220 Mosley Rd., Houston, TX 77075. For more information, please call (713) 842-9771 or visit houstonfurniturebank.org