The awarded home was a result of a partnership of Aaron’s, U-Haul, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis, and retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, his wife Brenda, and their First Things First Foundation (FTFF). This was the 44th family to be surprised by FTFF’s “Homes for the Holidays” program.
“Aaron’s takes great joy in joining with Kurt Warner’s First Things First Foundation and Habitat for Humanity once again to provide a safe and stable home to a family in need,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “We are committed to giving back to communities across the country and we know Kamerial and her children will enjoy their new home for many years.”
The home was presented to Kamerial and her two daughters, 10-year-old Heaven and one-year-old Spirit. Before receiving their new home, the family lived in apartments with little space for the children to play. They look forward to making new memories in their new two-story home and spacious backyard. Kamerial works as a registered medical assistant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and also styles hair on the weekends to make ends meet.
Unbeknownst to Kamerial’s family, their new home was fully furnished, including furniture, a washer and dryer, and technology, with an approximate total retail value of $10,000 thanks to Aaron’s.
The “Homes for the Holidays” program was initiated in 1997 by former NFL running back Warrick Dunn. In St. Louis, the First Things First Foundation teams with community organizations dedicated to affordable homeownership such as Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis to find eligible candidates who are working hard to better their lives and those of their children by taking the necessary steps to buy a new home. Nomination forms are completed by affordable housing representatives and reviewed and selected by the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation. The First Things First Foundation has surprised a total of 44 families with a cumulative 104 children with “Homes for the Holidays” in St. Louis (20), Iowa (4), New Jersey (1) and Arizona (19).
About Aaron’s, Inc.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Aaron’s, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), is a leading omnichannel provider of lease-purchase solutions. The Aaron’s Business engages in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories through its more than 1,800 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada, as well as its e-commerce platform, Aarons.com. In addition, Progressive Leasing, a virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 22,000 retail locations in 46 states. Dent-A-Med, Inc., d/b/a the HELPcard®, provides a variety of second-look credit products that are originated through federally insured banks. For more information, visit investor.aarons.com, Aarons.com, ProgLeasing.com, and HELPcard.com.
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 that all things are possible when people seek to put “first things first.” Additional information is available at www.kurtwarner.org.
About Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis
Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is a not-for-profit, ecumenical housing ministry working in partnership with individuals and communities of all faiths to provide safe, decent and affordable housing in the St. Louis community. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. With more than 335 homes already built, Habitat is one of the leading housing developers in St. Louis. Sponsors include corporations, organizations, religious groups, and individuals. According to the USGBC, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is the largest producer of LEED Certified Platinum single-family detached homes in the United States. Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis can be found on-line at: www.habitatstl.org; twitter @habitatstl; and blog www.habitatstl.org/blog.
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