VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - (Marketwired) - January 30, 2017 - Liberty Tax is working to help families devastated by the storms that ravaged parts of the South last week, taking lives and destroying homes and communities. Franchisees in the region have mobilized, working with local churches and non-profits, and opening their offices as collection points for donated items, such as food, clothing, bedding and toiletries.
"We are saddened by the loss experienced by families in the South," said CEO John T. Hewitt. "Those are communities where we live and work, and we are doing what neighbors do in a time of need -- lending a helping hand."
Becky Elder, a franchisee in Albany, Ga., has seen up-close what the storms have wrought. One of her Liberty Tax office locations sits not far from an area where a tornado touched down.
"It is really devastating," said Elder. "Homes have been destroyed. Cars have been destroyed. People have lost everything. But there also has been an amazing outpouring of support from the community. We will build on that support."
Elder and her husband, Eric, have opened all of their Liberty Tax locations as drop-off points for clothing and other items to help storm victims.
Liberty Tax offices across the South are doing the same -- working with churches, community organizations, the American Red Cross and more to identify the greatest need and to serve as collection points for items that will help families that have been displaced by the storms. Residents and businesses are encouraged to donate much-needed items, such as:
Residents and businesses that would like to donate items can find their nearest Liberty Tax location by calling 1-866-871-1040 or by visiting LibertyTax.com.
Founded in 1997 by CEO John T. Hewitt, Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX) is the parent company of Liberty Tax Service. Liberty Tax is one of the fastest-growing tax preparation franchises. Last year Liberty Tax prepared over two million individual income tax returns in more than 4,400 offices and online. Liberty Tax's online services are available through eSmart Tax, Liberty Online and DIY Tax, and are all backed by the tax professionals at Liberty Tax locations and its nationwide network of approximately 22,000 seasonal tax preparers. Liberty Tax also supports local communities with fundraising endeavors and contributes as a national sponsor for many charitable causes. For a more in-depth look, visit Liberty Tax Service and interact with Liberty Tax on Twitter and Facebook.
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