On the final day of the 2011 National Hardware Show, exhibiting companies donated 14 trailer loads of products to Opportunity Village, a Las Vegas-based non-profit organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities.
This collective donation was the largest ever from the exhibitors of the National Hardware Show to its preferred charity -- surpassing any previous year by 15%, according to Laura D’Amore, director of sales at Opportunity Village. This means more merchandise for the Opportunity Village thrift store, which employs mentally disabled people in the Las Vegas community.
“The National Hardware Show is a major contributing factor to our store’s success,” D’Amore said. “Prior to receiving the donations from the National Hardware Show, our thrift division closed three stores and was in jeopardy of closing the last store down. This would have displaced 23 adults with severe disabilities that work in the store, not to mention the needed merchandise offered to the surrounding low-income communities. Now every year after the National Hardware Show, the community lines up outside the doors waiting to see the fabulous tools, garden decor and hardware that awaits. It is like Christmas morning for about two months at Opportunity Village Thrift Store.”
This year’s donation is the largest since the National Hardware Show moved to Las Vegas in 2004 and made Opportunity its preferred charity.