Aaron’s, Inc., a leading omni channel provider of lease-purchase solutions, provided furnishings for a surprise home presentation in St. Louis as part of the company’s partnership with the Homes for the Holidays (HFTH) program and retired NFL star Kurt Warner.
This was the 50th home presentation by the retired quarterback and his wife Brenda’s First Things First Foundation (FTFF) through the HFTH program. HFTH celebrates single parents who are actively working to improve their lives by alleviating the additional financial burdens that can accompany first-time home ownership. The home and furnishings were a result of a partnership between Aaron’s, U-Haul, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis, and the FTFF.
“Home ownership creates generational change for both families and the community, which Aaron’s strongly believes is fundamental to achieving the American Dream,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “Kurt and Brenda Warner have hit a remarkable milestone – their 50th home – and we are proud to be involved with such caring organizations improving the lives of families and the communities in which they live.”
The home was presented to a single mother, an immigrant from Somalia, who is working two jobs to support her family. Aaron’s fully furnished the home with furniture, a washer and dryer and technology, with a total retail value of approximately $10,000.
“Habitat for Humanity homebuyers work incredibly hard, investing hundreds of hours of their own labor to ensure their homes are done right,” said Kurt Warner. “I couldn’t be prouder of this single mother and our partners who made this all possible, providing a place for this family to call home in their time of need.”
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. The First Things First Foundation has surprised a total of 50 families in St. Louis (22), Iowa (4), New Jersey (1) and Arizona (23).