ATLANTA - Dec. 20, 2016 // PRNewswire // - Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, and Progressive Leasing, a division of Aaron's, Inc., contributed the furnishings for two surprise home presentations on Friday to St. Louis residents and new homeowners Camille H. and Latonia H.
The surprise home presentations were a result of a partnership of Aaron's, Progressive Leasing, retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, his wife Brenda, and their First Things First Foundation (FTFF), Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis and U-Haul. The families were the 42nd and 43rd respectively to be surprised by FTFF's "Homes for the Holidays" program.
"We're so pleased to partner again with the First Things First Foundation and Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis to furnish two homes for single mothers and their children this holiday season," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "Camille and Latonia are first-time homeowners and we're proud of their commitment to achieving financial independence and stability through homeownership."
Prior to becoming a homeowner through this program, Camille lived in a neighborhood where her children could not play outside due to violence and crime. She works for the Housing Authority fulltime as a caseworker for families living below poverty. Latonia was inspired to become a nurse as a young girl after watching her grandmother pass away from heart failure. She looks forward to being able to host extended family for the holidays and Sunday dinners.
Unbeknownst to either of the families, their new homes were fully furnished, including all of the furniture, a washer and dryer, and a computer. The estimated retail value of the furnishings from Aaron's and Progressive Leasing is approximately $10,000 per home.
"Thanks to Aaron's and Progressive Leasing, we were able to surprise both of these families with homes full of furniture, electronics and appliances," said Warner. "It's vital to encourage single parents who are working hard to provide a safe environment for their children and equally rewarding to see what an enormous impact the gift of a fully furnished home has on their family for years to come."
Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN) is a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, and currently has more than 1,930 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada. Progressive Leasing, a leading virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 19,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc. (DAMI), d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through a federally insured bank. Aaron's was founded in 1955, has been publicly traded since 1982 and owns the Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com brands. For more information, visit www.aarons.com.
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 that all things are possible when people to seek to put "first things first." Additional information is available at www.kurtwarner.org.
Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis (HFHSL) is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to improve housing conditions and provide safe, decent and affordable housing in St. Louis City and County. Seeking to put God's love into action, HFHSL brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. With nearly 400 homes already built or rehabbed, HFHSL is one of the leading housing developers in St. Louis. HFHSL regularly ranks among the top Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the country. HFHSL donors, volunteers, and partner families work side-by-side to build or rehab homes ensuring that every deserving family in St. Louis has a decent place to live. In addition to a down payment and a 30-year affordable mortgage, each HFHSL homebuyer invests 350 sweat-equity volunteer hours into building or rehabbing a home and attending life skills classes. Homeowners are teachers, healthcare providers and returning college students determined to achieve homeownership and create a legacy for their families.Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis: Building Homes, Building Hope, Building St. Louis.For more information, visit:www.habitatstl.org.
SOURCE Aaron's, Inc.