Illinois Senator Richard Durbin Representative Visits NAEIR

The article below, referencing a visit made by a representative from Illinois Senator Richard Durbin’s office, was recently featured in over 230 news outlets throughout the country:

Senator Richard Durbin’s Representative, Kate Jennings, Tours NAEIR with President Gary C. Smith

GALESBURG, Ill., June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

Kate Jennings, representing Illinois Senator Richard Durbin, recently visited NAEIR (,) a gifts-in-kind nonprofit organization based at 560 McClure Street.
Kate Jennings visits Naeir

Gary C. Smith, NAEIR President & CEO with Kate Jennings, Staff Assistant to Illinois Senator Richard Durbin

Jennings, Staff Assistant to the Senate Assistant Majority Leader, is based in the Senator’s Rock Island office. She toured NAEIR’s 450,000 square foot warehouse and facility accompanied by the organization’s President and CEO, Gary C. Smith.

Jennings was also joined on the tour by several of NAEIR’s top managers. NAEIR is the first and leading organization of its kind in the United States. It redistributes an average of a hundred million dollars of products annually to deserving charities in the state of Illinois and throughout the country.

Jennings and Smith discussed NAEIR’s work as it continues to serve many of the material needs of the nation’s nonprofits, schools and churches while simultaneously assisting thousands of companies who donate the merchandise.

Over the past 36 years, NAEIR has sought to alert and educate American businesses regarding the tax saving, inventory management and philanthropic benefits associated with donations of inventory. In addition to serving as a repository for excess inventory donated by American corporations over the years, NAEIR has redistributed over $3 billion dollars of goods to approximately 12,000 charities across the country.
Kate Jennings with Tim Randall

Kate Jennings with Tim Randall, NAEIR’s Vice President of Distribution

NAEIR’s President and CEO Gary C. Smith’s experience at the helm of the leading gifts-in-kind organization in the country suggests a strong affinity with some of Senator Durbin’s legislative priorities. This is especially evident with regard to the Senator’s efforts in growing the economy and support of education, as well as charitable causes in general, as a highly regarded national leader.

ABOUT NAEIR: NAEIR (National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources) is a national nonprofit founded in 1977. It receives donations of excess inventory and distributes this material to charities and educators throughout the U.S. Products include office supplies and equipment, toys, sporting goods, educational supplies, consumer electronics, personal care products and a host of other items. Companies realize an enhanced deduction on these donations.

To learn about the benefits of donating excess inventory or refer a nonprofit, school, church or teacher, contact NAEIR at 800-562-0955. Visit the NAEIR website at or email or

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