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LA Mart charities benefit children, terminally ill

Outreach includes Project Angel Food, L.A. Dept. Children and Family Services

The LA Mart is involved with two charities that serve communities in and around Los Angeles throughout the year, including the holiday season.LA Mart

The LA Mart recently held a toy drive for the Department of Children and Family Services, which is housed on two floors of the Reef/LA Mart building. In Los Angeles, approximately 54,000 children live below the poverty line and the Department of Children and Family Services works with approximately 2,000 children a month, the majority of whom are 13 years old or younger.

"The LA Mart has become such a great partner with LA's Department of Children and Family Services," said Dr. Michael Rauso, the department's division chief. "We were amazed at the generosity of your showrooms and overwhelmed by the hundreds of toys that were donated to the neediest children in our community. These donations will really make a difference and could very well be the only gift that many of these children receive for the holidays. LA Mart definitely made our year!"

Divine Design, the LA Mart's primary annual charity event, connects shoppers to a wide array of home furnishings, décor and accessories and fashion items that are sold at deep discounts to benefit Project Angel Food. Over 50 LA Mart showrooms and manufacturer lines donate products.

"We, at Project Angel Food, are so grateful to the LA Mart for their continuing support of Divine Design," said Jacqui Farina, director of marketing and special events for Project Angel Food which, every week, cooks and delivers more than 11,000 free and nutritious meals throughout Los Angeles County to children and adults affected by cancer, heart disease, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses.

"I believe that we have a duty to help those in need and these two non-profits do incredibly selfless work delivering food to the terminally ill and helping marginalized children in our city," said Frank Joens, senior vice president, general manager at the LA Mart. "The LA Mart showrooms and employees are some of the most generous people I know and it is fantastic the lengths they go to in helping those in need. The LA Mart showrooms are a wonderfully cohesive family that is always excited to step up and make a difference. I am so proud to be a part of this magnificent group of people."

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