Plano-based Rent-A-Center, Inc., a rent-to-own industry leader, recently furnished 44 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, teaming up with Houston’s Tarantino Properties Inc., a management firm offering low-rent apartments to those displaced after Hurricane Harvey.
After assessing available apartments, Tarantino worked quickly to contact several companies for discounted furniture packages, a press release stated. When they called Rent-A-Center, corporate leaders offered to instead donate the furniture to help those hit hard by the flooding.
“We have furnished all the apartments to the point where they are now move-in ready so people can walk through the door with nothing but the clothes on their back,” stated Jonathan Parks, vice president of logistics and distribution for RAC. “As a former Houstonian, I am thrilled that we as a company are able to help in a dire time of need.”
Earlier this month, RAC also shipped two ocean containers with 40,000 bottles of water and much needed food and supplies to Puerto Rico to aid coworkers affected by Hurricane Maria. The ocean containers, which arrived last week, were distributed amongst all coworkers immediately to help meet their needs.
RAC also teamed up with Caribbean Shipping Services to support Hunger Fight, a nonprofit based in Florida that provides prepackaged, nutritionally balanced meals to those in need. RAC coworkers from Jacksonville, Fla., helped package the meals and load them on ocean containers heading to Puerto Rico. As of yesterday, about 30,000 packaged meals were en route.