December 06, 2010 // Franchising.com // PROVIDENCE, R.I. – ColorTyme stores in Providence, Pawtucket and Woonsocket, R.I., helped make Thanksgiving memorable for many families by hosting a turkey giveaway event. Drawing one winner every 15 minutes, the three stores gave out a total of 100 turkeys to lucky residents.
Free and open to the public, the giveaway was held Nov. 20 at each rent-to-own franchise location. Jessica Canales and John Ramirez, a winning couple in Providence, were excited when they found out about their free turkey.
"John just happened to be in the store while they were running the promotion, so he entered his name. We had no idea we'd actually win, so it was a really great surprise," said Canales. "Thanks to ColorTyme, Thanksgiving was extra special this year for our family."
Approximately 1,000 individuals in the three communities participated in the drawing. Ray Bird, Al Coelho and Joe Bird, owners of the stores, agreed to make the turkey giveaway a yearly tradition.
"We do many things throughout the year to show how much we appreciate the people in our neighborhood. The turkey giveaway was one way we wanted to make a difference during the holidays and bring families together for Thanksgiving," said Ray Bird. "We want to make it an even bigger hit next year."
"The giveaway was a lot of fun, and it really put everyone into the holiday spirit," said Coelho in Providence. "We had customers and staff gathered together with a lot of energy, and it was encouraging see the smiles on the winners' faces."
ColorTyme, Inc., founded in 1979, is America's oldest franchisor of independently owned-and-operated rent-to-own stores. ColorTyme franchisees operate 195 rent-to-own stores in 33 states, and the company's custom-wheels-and-tires franchise brand, RimTyme, operates 21 stores in 11 states. ColorTyme is headquartered in Plano, Texas, and is an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of the largest rent-to-own company in the world, Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ: RCII).