On Tuesday morning the Help the Children Framing Hope Warehouse in Bell, California celebrated its grand opening. The Framing Hope Warehouse is the result of a collaboration between The Home Depot, The Home Depot Foundation and Gifts in Kind International. This warehouse will distribute products donated through the Framing Hope Product Donation Program to nonprofit organizations in the area.
Ten area Home Depot stores donated the products available at the Los Angeles County warehouse, which include bathroom fixtures, carpets, tile and wood flooring, window blinds and more.
“We are so pleased to partner with Gifts In Kind International and Help the Children to offer nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles county access to quality building products at minimal cost,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president, The Home Depot Foundation. “By not having to spend precious budget dollars on these products, these organizations will be able to invest more in their core services to the community.”
The program originally launched in 2008 but smaller nonprofits that could benefit from the donated products did not have the space to store the items. To address this issue, the warehouse concept was created. The Los Angeles County Framing Hope Warehouse is the first warehouse on the West Coast and the second center for the organization. The Home Depot Foundation and its partners plan to open additional warehouses next year.
In the two years since its inception, $75 million in products from more than 1,000 Home Depot Stores have been donated. Over 1,200 nonprofit organizations have benefited from the donations, which have diverted 35,000 tons of waste from landfills.
Nonprofits in the Los Angeles County area that would like to tour the warehouse and receive product donations should contact Help the Children at (323) 980-9870.