Jacksonville, Florida (PRWEB) March 04, 2014
Three First Coast charities received the gift of relaxation with the donation of power recliners from the Ashley Furniture HomeStore Jacksonville team and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Assisted by the strength and goodwill of NFL Jaguars’ cornerback, Will Blackmon, the recliners were delivered to their new homes on February 26. The Jaguars’ “ROAR” cheerleaders were also on hand to cheer on the delivery teams and the donation’s recipients. Blackmon has a history of community service with the Jaguars and says, “It is important to me to help out whenever and however I can. It feels great to be a part of something like this.” Ashley Furniture HomeStore CEO and Managing Member Howard Fineman echoed Blackmon’s sentiments saying, “The Jacksonville community has always supported Ashley Furniture HomeStores, and we are very thankful for the opportunity to give back to our community.”
The first stop of the morning was to create a Jaguars-themed lounge area at the Sulzbacher Center Medical Respite Unit. The unit treats displaced persons who are either too ill or frail to recover from a physical illness or injury on the streets, but not ill enough to warrant hospitalization. “We truly believe that people are out there looking out for us, and we are so grateful for partnerships like the Jaguars and Ashley Furniture HomeStore,” said Allison Vega, Public Relations and Marketing Manager at Sulzbacher.
The delivery crew made their next stop at Wounded Warriors Project. Carlos De León, one of four Wounded Warriors who received a recliner, expressed his excitement about the donation. “This is just an awesome experience. We really appreciate all of the support. We’re STOKED!” Carlos was injured in 2007 while serving as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army.
The delivery team made its final stop at the Daniel Foundation; an organization that, on a daily basis, serves more than 2,000 children and families in need. Recliners were added to their Jaguars Reading Den, which serves as a media center and library for the children at Daniel Academy. Jim Clark, the President and CEO, expressed his appreciation for Ashley Furniture and the Jaguars. “Most of these kids do not have high class things in their life. Donations like this make the children excited to learn and grow here at the Academy. We are proud and thankful for Ashley Furniture HomeStore and the Jaguars’ continuous generosity to us and to the community.”
Since Fineman opened the first Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Jacksonville in 2005, the company’s community support programs continue to expand. Today, in addition to its support for the 26.2 with Donna Foundation, the local Ashley Furniture HomeStores are involved with the Salvation Army, the Greater JAX Area USO, and began the first of its kind program to provide free bedding for local children in need. Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s “A Hope to Dream” program, which provides beds for children in need is now active in hundreds of Ashley Furniture HomeStore locations nationwide, and has provided over 9,000 free beds to local kids in need.