ATLANTA, May 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a lease-to-own retailer specializing in the sales and lease ownership of residential furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, provided the home furnishings for a Surprise Home Presentation today to Atlantan Wanda Boykin and her children as part of Warrick Dunn Charities' (WDC) Homes for the Holidays program.
"We're proud to partner with Warrick Dunn Charities' Homes for the Holidays on our 105th home presentation to provide single parents like Wanda a place of stability for their children that they can call home," said John Robinson, Aaron's Chief Executive Officer. "Wanda has worked hard to achieve first-time home ownership and we're excited to fill this house with home furnishings as an added surprise for her as she makes this a home for her family."
Homes for the Holidays assists single parents in becoming first-time homeowners by providing the materials necessary for long-term stability and the provisions required to ensure that both parent and children can thrive educationally, socially and economically. To date, in partnership with Aaron's and Habitat for Humanity affiliates, WDC and its sponsors have rewarded over 142 single parents and over 380 children and dependents across the nation with the American Dream of first-time homeownership in Atlanta, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Dallas, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Tampa.
Aaron's has been a longtime supporter of Warrick Dunn Charities initiatives and began contributing the furnishings for the Homes for the Holidays program in 2003. Warrick Dunn Charities was founded in 2002 by former pro football star Warrick Dunn.
"Over the past 12 years, in partnership with Aaron's, we've been fortunate to partner with Aaron's to fill more than 105 homes of single parents with furniture, electronics and appliances, which helps these families greatly in creating their own path to financial freedom and stability," said Warrick Dunn. "My mother's dream of home ownership inspired me to create this program, and it's priceless to see the look of joy on the faces of these single parents and their families when they step into their new fully furnished home and their dream becomes a reality."
The Boykin family was joined by Warrick Dunn Charities Founder Warrick Dunn, Aaron's Divisional Vice President Steve Jackson, Warrick Dunn Charities Interim Executive Director Lisa Chester, Atlanta Habitat of Humanity President and CEO Larrie Del Martin and Habitat for Humanity Vice President of Resource Development Melinda Kelleher.
About Aaron's, Inc. Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, currently has more than 2,100 Company-operated and franchised stores in 48 states and Canada. Aaron's was founded in 1955, is headquartered in Atlanta and has been publicly traded since 1982. Progressive Leasing, a wholly owned subsidiary and leading virtual lease-to-own company, provides lease-purchase solutions through approximately 15,000 retail locations in 46 states. Aaron's, Inc. includes the Aarons.com, ShopHomeSmart.com and ProgLeasing.com brands. For more information, visit www.aarons.com.
About Warrick Dunn Charities Warrick Dunn Charities provides hope and healing to communities through innovative programming inspired by our Founder's life journey. Since 1997, the Homes for the Holidays program has rewarded 142 single parents and 380 children and dependents that have achieved first-time homeownership in Atlanta, GA, Baltimore, MD, Baton Rouge, LA, Dallas, TX, Jacksonville, FL, Tallahassee and Tampa, FL Serving single-parent families nationwide, WDC and its partners have combatted poverty, hunger and ensure families have basic necessities and comfortable surroundings to improve their quality of life. Betty's Hope, a mobile children's bereavement program provides students aged 5-18 with a safe and responsive environment for them to heal and enhance their quality of life after experiencing a loss. For more information, visit www.wdc.org.