The furniture and housewares destination store, IKEA, has donated $1.2 million to Michigan’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Initiative. The donation comes after IKEA received support in the form of unemployment benefits for their employees during the store’s shutdown.
After months of cashing checks from the federal government, the state welcomed the largest private donation to date. The money is intended to support relief efforts and critical services.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer said, “Michigan families, frontline workers, and small businesses have done their part to slow the spread of the virus, but the fight is not over yet. I am grateful that IKEA has stepped up during this difficult time to ensure we have the funding we need to provide critical services to Michiganders impacted by COVID-19.”
Considering it a “pay it forward” donation, Javier Quiñones, IKEA Retail U.S. president spoke of the donation, saying, “We are appreciative of the ongoing support from the state of Michigan, including the unemployment funds paid to our co-workers who were furloughed in the early weeks of the pandemic.”
Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland