The Room Place at Harlem Furniture Donates over $75,000 in Furniture for Hurricane Katrina Victims

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The Room Place at Harlem Furniture donated over $75,000 worth of furniture to three domestic abuse shelters destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

The devastation in the Gulf Coast Region may not be on the news each night anymore, but the needs remain.

One Chicagoland business is helping solve part of that need.

"The Room Place at Harlem Furniture is pleased to be able to help our friends in Mississippi," explains Mr. Bruce Berman, Chief Executive Officer of Harlem Furniture. "Two shelters serving victims of domestic violence and abused children were destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. A third shelter was severely damaged. All three shelters need new furniture to be able to provide their critical services."

Two semi-trailers packed with over $75,000.00 worth of furniture will be leaving the Room Place at Harlem Furniture's distribution center in Woodridge, Illinois on November 17th to travel to Gulfport, Mississippi. Along with the furniture, there are brand new sheets, pillows, towels, socks, underwear, and other sorely needed items donated by the Harlem Furniture employees. The furniture is being donated to America Responds With Love, Inc. This non-profit organization is coordinating efforts to provide needed products to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. From Gulfport, the furniture will be transported to the three shelters.

"We know a lot of people in Chicagoland have family and friends in Mississippi and the Gulf Coast," states Mr. Richard A. McDonough, President and Chief Executive Officer of America Responds With Love. "The donated furniture from The Room Place at Harlem Furniture will help re-open two shelters and help re-furnish a third shelter that provide housing to those most in need in Mississippi. We greatly appreciate their help."

If you would like to join in these efforts to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, you're encouraged to log on to http://www.respondwithlove.org for further information.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Valerie Berman

The Room Place at Harlem Furniture

1-630-261-1600

Mr. Richard A. McDonough

President and Chief Executive Officer

America Responds With Love, Inc.

1-321-AMERICA or 1-321-263-7422

America Responds With Love, Inc.

Background:

America Responds With Love, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides emergency housing and other services to people truly in need throughout the United States. During the past 23 years, the organization has been-for the most part-very quiet about its work. Since 1982, more than 102,000 people in emergency need have been housed through the programs of America Responds With Love throughout the United States.

The non-profit organization recently implemented the Respond With Love® Program, which allows an individual donor the ability to choose how their specific donation is used-for which specific products and services, for which specific issues, and in which specific regions. America Responds With Love then uses the donations for the specific products and services and provides them to people truly in need, either directly or through local organizations.

Each individual donor is able to track each of their donations. For most products and services, this means tracking each item from the time it is donated to the time each product or service is provided to a person truly in need. An information note is provided to each donor detailing non-confidential information about the actual person who benefited from their specific

contribution.

The Room Place at Harlem Furniture

Background:

Originally founded in 1912, The Room Place at Harlem Furniture has grown to become one of the leaders in Chicago's highly competitive furniture market. Family owned and operated, The Room Place has built its business on the principle of offering the value-conscious consumer excellent service and selection at affordable prices. Currently there are 15 Room Place stores conveniently located throughout Chicagoland. Each store features unique showrooms that offer a shopping experience unlike any other furniture retailer.

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