AARON’S AND FORMER NFL STARS SPREAD HOLIDAY APPRECIATION WITH FIVE ‘HOUSES FOR THE HOLIDAY’ CELEBRATIONS |
ATLANTE, January 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Aaron’s Company (NYSE: AAN), a leading omnichannel provider of rent-to-own solutions, has teamed up with former NFL stars Warrick Dunn and Kurt Warner this winter to surprise five new homeowners with complete furniture and other household essentials through their Vacation Homes programs.
The donations, representing a $50,000 Aaron’s commitment, came in conjunction with Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc. (WDC) and Warner’s First Things First Foundation. The Vacation Homes program celebrates single parents who are actively working toward first-time homeownership by easing the extra financial burdens that can come with establishing a new home. While the homes themselves are built and funded by Habitat for Humanity, the surprise comes when families find they are fully furnished and stocked by Aaron’s – a $10,000 commitment for each house.
“There’s nothing like giving these life-changing surprises to families this holiday season, as their contagious joy reminds us why we do this important work,” said Douglas Lindsay, CEO of The Aaron’s Company. “Warrick and Kurt continue to be incredible advocates for single parent families across the country and we are so proud to be their partners in these remarkable projects.”
Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc. spread its generosity throughout the Southeast, with a celebration at dallas in October, followed by three surprises across the state of Georgia in December, just in time for the holidays. In dallas, first responder Tracey was greeted with a decorated home for her and her two boys. In Georgia, Greensboro single moms Santeria and Deavon got their surprises just in time to make it a December to remember. In Stockbridge, accountant Shaneeka now has a home for herself and her family just before Christmas.
“Each mother we have honored throughout these four celebrations has had a story that has touched me deeply, and I am continually in awe of their willingness to give their children everything they need to grow up in a caring environment. safe and empowering,” Dunn said. “Each of these families has a comfortable place to call home while on vacation, and I am grateful for Aaron’s continued generosity as we look to our 200and house party in 2022.”
The First Things First Foundation surprised a single mom at Phoenix, Arizona in November, providing Miriam and her two daughters with all the furniture and accessories needed to move in on day one.
“Brenda and I were touched by Miriam’s story and how hard she worked to provide for her two daughters,” Warner said. “It means so much to us to continue to give back to the Phoenix community after all it has given us, and we are so grateful that Aaron is on our side to make those dreams a reality.”
To date, First Things First Foundation and Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc. have shared their “Homes for the Holidays” magic with 55 and 198 families, respectively.
About Aaron’s Company
Based in Atlanta, The Aaron’s Company, Inc. (NYSE: NAA) is a leading omnichannel provider of rent-to-own solutions. Aaron’s engages in direct-to-consumer sales and rental-ownership of furniture, appliances, consumer electronics and accessories through its approximately 1,300 company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada, as well as its e-commerce platform, Aarons.com. For more information, visit Aarons.com Where investor.aarons.com.
About Warrick Dunn Charities
Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc. empowers families to break the cycle of generational poverty and achieve a better quality of life for all. Homes for the Holidays partners with local community organizations to reduce the financial burden on single parent homeowners by fully furnishing their new home, providing down payment assistance and stocking the pantry with food and other necessities first need.
Since 1997, Vacation Homes has rewarded 198 single parents nationwide for first-time homeownership. Today, Warrick Dunn Charities, Inc. expanded its flagship Homes for the Holidays initiative with three additional programs: Count on Your Future, SCULPT, and Hearts for Community Service Scholarships. Together, our four programs are dedicated to strengthening families and transforming communities by fighting poverty, hunger and improving their quality of life academically, socially and economically. For more information, visit www.wdc.org.
About the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation
Established in 2001, the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity serving as a vehicle for Kurt and Brenda Warner to reach out to the community and share their blessings with those in need. The First Things First Foundation is dedicated to impacting lives by promoting Christian values, sharing experiences and providing opportunities to encourage everyone to make everything possible when people seek to bring “the first things first”. Additional information is available at www.kurtwarner.org.
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