TOANO, Va., Dec. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in August, left behind massive devastation and impacted the lives of millions of residents of East Texas. In an effort to contribute to the ongoing recovery taking place across the region, Lumber Liquidators (NYSE : LL ), in coordination with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, announced today that it has committed more than $100,000 in cash and flooring product to lift up one of the hardest hit communities – Aransas Pass, Texas.
The damage in this small coastal town near Corpus Christi was catastrophic. In addition to the toll on homes and businesses, Aransas Pass schools were nearly destroyed, leaving students displaced for nearly two months. The cost of this destruction has exceeded the available insurance coverage.
Lumber Liquidators has focused its relief effort on the Aransas Pass Independent School District. The company has already donated nearly 12,000 square feet of engineered vinyl plank flooring – valued at more than $40,000 – and is providing more than $50,000 cash to a special fund to furnish the library, offices and common spaces of A.C. Blunt Middle School.
Approximately half of the cash donation was raised through the generosity of employees and friends of Lumber Liquidators via a special GoFundMe page. The company contributed the additional funds in order to provide significant resources to the school's rebuild.
Stepping Up When It's Needed Most
This initiative by Lumber Liquidators is an extension of the company's "Lay It Forward" program, which is dedicated to supporting organizations that benefit future generations. It is a principle that also inspires the enduring quality and sustainability of the company's products.
Dennis Knowles, Chief Executive Officer, said: "When we heard about the devastation to this community and its schools, we wanted to do our small part to help rebuild. We were inspired by the courage and perseverance of the extraordinary team of educators at A.C. Blunt Middle School. Supporting this community is true to our company's mission to 'lay it forward' and it is an honor for our team to be able to contribute to the recovery."
Through this effort, Lumber Liquidators – which has 30 stores across Texas – was committed to addressing an area of immediate need in the state and positively impacting a community still facing serious damage. The company reached out to Texas Governor Greg Abbott's office for their guidance, and together identified the schools in Aransas Pass.
"There is nothing more important than our students' educational advancement, which is why the restoration of this school is such a critical step to help this community heal after the hurricane," said Governor Abbott. "Hurricane Harvey may have left behind unprecedented devastation, but the people of Aransas Pass and the generosity of Lumber Liquidators show that no disaster can match the resilience of Texans."
About Lumber Liquidators
With more than 380 locations, Lumber Liquidators is North America's largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring. The Company features more than 400 top quality flooring varieties, including solid and engineered hardwood, bamboo, cork, laminate, tile, resilient vinyl and engineered vinyl plank. Additionally, Lumber Liquidators provides a wide selection of flooring enhancements and accessories to complement, install and maintain your new floor. Every location is staffed with flooring experts who can provide advice and installation options for all of Lumber Liquidators' products, much of which is in stock and ready for delivery.
With premier brands including Bellawood and Morning Star Bamboo, Lumber Liquidators' flooring is often featured on popular television shows such as HGTV's Dream Home and This Old House. For more information, please visit www.LumberLiquidators.com or call 1.800.HARDWOOD.
Lumber Liquidators aims to be the industry leader in sustainability. For more information, please visit www.LumberLiquidators.com/Sustainability. Learn more about our corporate giving program at LayItForward.LumberLiquidators.com. You can also follow Lumber Liquidators on Facebook and Twitter.
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