Toano, Va. -- Lumber Liquidators, in coordination with Gov. Greg Abbott (TX), announced 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 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. 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.
"When we heard about the devastation to this community and its schools, we wanted to do our small part to help rebuild,” said Dennis Knowles, CEO. “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."
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