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Cost Plus World Market® To Donate 100% Of Net Proceeds Of Its Sale Of Baskets From The Philippines To Direct Relief Organization

Funds to Support Relief Efforts in Typhoon-stricken Country

OAKLAND, Calif. (December 9, 2013)—Cost Plus World Market® today announced its plans to donate 100% of its net proceeds of its sales of handcrafted baskets from the Cebu Province in the Philippines to Direct Relief International, to aid in the relief and humanitarian efforts currently underway in response to the country’s recent typhoon.

Now through the end of December, in all store locations, customers can shop World Market and know that all net proceeds from the sale of these baskets handcrafted by Filipino artisans will go toward aiding victims of this tragedy.

“Cost Plus World Market has a decades-long history of working with artisans and companies in the Philippines. It is important for the company to do our part to help those in need. Our hearts and prayers go out to those impacted by this devastating event,” said Barry Feld, CEO, Cost Plus World Market.

As a company, World Market has long been committed to giving back to the communities in which it does business. Corporate employees are also supporting that commitment by holding various fundraising events internally to provide additional funds toward the relief efforts.

"Filipinos have suffered a severe calamity and need help as they organize and manage immediate and sustained relief efforts,” said Direct Relief President and CEO, Thomas Tighe. “Direct Relief’s focus is responding to urgent requests for essential medications and supplies needed to provide services across the affected local communities. We couldn't do this work without the generous support of people and companies like Cost Plus World Market who are participating in the relief efforts.”

Since 1958, specialty retailer World Market has been the shopping destination for gift giving, home decor, furniture, unique jewelry and accessories, and gourmet food and wine.

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About Direct Relief International
Direct Relief is a leading medical relief organization, active in all 50 states and in 70 countries.  The organization has been among the world’s largest medical suppliers in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, has top charity ratings, including four-star and “top-notch” rating from Charity Navigator, and a 99% fundraising efficiency rating from Forbes magazine. Among other distinctions, Direct Relief was the 2011 winner of the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation and received the 2013 President’s Award from ESRI. For more information visit

About Cost Plus World Market
Cost Plus World Market ( operates 269 stores in 31 states under the names “World Market” and “Cost Plus World Market.” The store features an ever-changing selection of casual home furnishings, housewares, gifts, unique jewelry, decorative accessories, over 500 international wines, gourmet foods and beverages offered at affordable prices and imported from more than 50 countries. Many items are unique and exclusive to World Market and are regularly supplied by an international network of individual and regional artisans developed over the Company’s more than 50 years in the import business.

Jill Osaka
Cost Plus World Market