Furniture megastore IKEA started a fund-raising operation this week in partnership with the NGO Akim to renovate and decorate a kindergarten for children with disabilities ahead of the upcoming school year.
The operation – which involves both branches of the store, in Rishon Lezion and Netanya – consists of IKEA donating NIS 5 to the cause from every meal customers purchase at the store’s restaurant. In addition, the children of those customers can sign up to help with the renovation.
IKEA Israel CEO Shlomi Gabai said that the store has been “adopting” the NGO – which promotes the integration of people with mental disabilities in Israel – for close to a decade.
“This project is only a part of the overall activity for people with intellectual disabilities that the chain engages in,” he said in a statement. “We are also happy to include children in the project so they can help renovate the kindergarten and get practical experience of the values of giving and helping others.”