Dallas Market Center (DMC) launched a new hurricane relief program — DMC Cares — yesterday to help aid those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The market center's goal is to create $1 million in support via financial and product donations for storm victims.
“This catastrophe is unprecedented, but I am confident that the supportive spirit we create and the actions we are taking together will help our neighbors today and tomorrow,” said Cindy Morris, President and CEO of Dallas Market Center, in a statement. "We call upon our industry to unite and to support DMC Cares in whatever way possible."
DMC Cares has two stages: immediate action and long-term assistance.
Starting immediately, DMC is collecting essential items requested by Dallas County to support shelters. A collection station will be located in the World Trade Center where the following new and unused items will be gathered:
- New underwear and socks (all sizes)
- Baby diapers, wipes and formula
To support September Market attendees from the affected areas, including reps and retailers, DMC is offering special travel assistance packages for those able to attend. For more information, reach out to [email protected]
Beginning next week, DMC will start a large-scale clothing drive to gather apparel of all types and sizes from manufacturers. New and unused men’s, women’s and children’s clothing will be collected from showrooms and manufacturers then distributed to designated organization partners that will reach local and regional individuals impacted by the hurricane. For shipping information and drop-off details, please visit www.dallasmarketcenter.com/dmccares.
Customers are also encouraged to join DMC in supporting the American Red Cross via their website, www.redcross.org, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or by texting the word HARVEY to 90999 for a $10 donation.
To support recovery and rebuilding efforts, DMC will begin accepting home decor and lighting products from exhibitors immediately. These donations will be stored, then DMC will work with local and regional agencies in the coming months to distribute these much-needed products from exhibitors. For shipping information and drop-off details, exhibitors can visit www.dallasmarketcenter.com/dmccares.
Finally, in the coming weeks, DMC will initiate Operation ReStore, a program to help affected retailers and reps in the region. These customers will be eligible for a special travel package to help them attend trade events at Dallas Market Center. Customers interested in this program should contact [email protected]
For more information about DMC Cares, visit www.dallasmarketcenter.com/dmccares.