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AARON’S GIVESGive Hope. Give Respect. Give Back.

That’s the giving philosophy that Aaron’s, Inc. leaders and associates have built our giving efforts on since the Company was founded in 1955. Aaron’s has committed one percent of the Company’s pre-tax profits annually to help build strong communities across the U.S. In 2016. Aaron’s gave a total of $2.4 million to communities across the U.S. through its Aaron’s Gives program, including the Aaron’s Foundation and ACORP (Aaron's Community Outreach Program).

Through the company’s guiding principle, “Caring Starts with Respect,” Aaron’s Gives Programs are committed to making a positive impact in the lives of our customers and their communities.


Our Foundation

The Aaron’s Foundation, Inc. mission is to commit to strengthening the communities in which we operate, with a focus on improving the life prospects of at-risk youth. Aaron’s provides at-risk youth with the tools, resources and skills to achieve their goals and to become productive, contributing members of their communities. Given Aaron’s business model and established commitment to local communities, Aaron’s is focused on at-risk youth, given that they are disproportionately represented in many of the communities in which Aaron’s operates and are an underserved part of our population that greatly impacts the future of our country and our communities.


Acorp

ACORP is Aaron’s store-based giving program, established in 1999, that allows our stores to give back in their local communities that have supported Aaron’s for over 60 years ACORP supports causes important to local communities that include assistance for veterans, youth organizations, and community centers. In 2015, more than $710,000 cash and in-kind donations were made to numerous organizations throughout the United States.


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AARON’S AND FORMER NFL STAR KURT WARNER CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE THROUGH HOME OWNERSHIP IN ST. LOUIS

JUL 20, 2017

Aaron's contributed the furnishings for a July surprise home presentation to St. Louis resident Kamerial as part of the company’s ongoing partnership with the “Homes for the Holidays” program.

The awarded home was a result of a partnership of Aaron’s, U-Haul, Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis, and retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, his wife Brenda, and their First Things First Foundation (FTFF). This was the 44th family to be surprised by FTFF’s “Homes for the Holidays” program. “Aaron’s takes great joy in joining with Kurt Warner’s First Things First Foundation and Habitat for Humanity once again to provide a safe and stable home to a family in need,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “We are committed to giving back to communities across the country and we know Kamerial and her children will enjoy their new home for many years.”

The home was presented to Kamerial and her two daughters, 10-year-old Heaven and one-year-old Spirit. Before receiving their new home, the family lived in apartments with little space for the children to play. They look forward to making new memories in their new two-story home and spacious backyard. Kamerial works as a registered medical assistant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and also styles hair on the weekends to make ends meet.

Unbeknownst to Kamerial’s family, their new home was fully furnished, including furniture, a washer and dryer, and technology, with an approximate total retail value of $10,000 thanks to Aaron’s.

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. Nomination forms are completed by affordable housing representatives and reviewed and selected by the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation. The First Things First Foundation has surprised a total of 44 families with a cumulative 104 children with “Homes for the Holidays” in St. Louis (20), Iowa (4), New Jersey (1) and Arizona (19).

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AARON'S HOSTS SECOND "LEAD LIKE A GIRL" PROGRAM

JULY 19, 2017

On Tuesday, Aaron’s Women’s Leadership Network (AWLN), chaired by Heather Calhoun, hosted the second annual “Lead Like a Girl” career development program.

Girls from the Boys & Girls Mimms Club of Cherokee County learned about goal setting, business expertise and information technology careers. AWLN hopes to help prepare and inspire the next generation of women leaders.

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AARON'S AND PROGRESSIVE LEASING CELEBRATE END OF SCHOOL YEAR WITH RENOVATION OF MILWAUKEE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB TEEN CENTER — May 30, 2017

MAY 30, 2017

Aaron's surprised teens on Wednesday with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee. The event marked the 21st refresh by Aaron's and Progressive in communities across the U.S.

Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron's associates and Club officials worked on Monday installing new furniture and computers in lounge, study space, and games areas at the Club. On Wednesday, Aaron's associates and Club officials unveiled the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs and sound systems.

"The Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club is one of the busiest youth programs in Milwaukee, serving over 300 kids in a day, and it's vital to make sure those teens can enjoy a safe and positive environment," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "Aaron'sis excited to make this contribution to Milwaukee teens so that they can continue to develop their leadership and community service skills."

In 2015, the Aaron's Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America'sKeystone Program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creating positive change in the community. Keystone Club teen centers provide members ages 14-18 an environment to plan and participate in activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach.

The 20 previous Keystone Club makeovers have included Boys & Girls Clubs in cities such as Los Angeles, San Antonio, Nashville, Las Vegas, Chicago and Miami. The makeover at the Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukeeincludes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $29,000.

"It was such a thrill to see the surprise and happiness on all of our teens' faces at this surprise unveiling," said Vincent Lyles, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. "The Don & Sallie Davis Club is an invaluable resource for the Milwaukee community, and we're so grateful to Aaron's for inspiring our teen members so they can become leaders in their communities and beyond."

Aaron's partnership with BGCA's Keystone Program inspires teens to "Own It" by taking ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve. The Aaron's and Keystone Club "Own Your Future" campaign supports three principles:

  • Own Your Path: No matter where you come from, the future is yours to decide.
  • Own Your Decisions: Making good choices opens more doors for your future.
  • Own Your Community: Use your talents to make an impact in your community.

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AARON'S AND PROGRESSIVE LEASING UNVEIL 20TH KEYSTONE MAKEOVER FOR CINCINNATI TEENS

APR 24, 2017

Aaron's surprised teens on Wednesday with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club of Cincinnati.

Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron's associates and Club officials worked on Monday painting, decorating and furnishing gaming, lounge and leadership programming spaces at the Club. On Wednesday, local Aaron's associates and Club officials unveiled the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint. Teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams™ paint colors for the room: Heartthrob, Serious Gray, Black Magic and Alabaster.

"The U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club provides a safe and encouraging space for Cincinnati teens to achieve their goals and own their futures," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "On our 20th Teen Center renovation, Aaron's is proud to once again support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America by providing these teens with the resources and technology that will allow them to excel as leaders in their community."

Cincinnati Councilman Wendell Young attended the surprise unveiling and addressed the crowd. "The Boys & Girls Clubs of America has occupied a special place in my heart ever since I accepted my first job with the Club many years ago," he said. "I grew up in Avondale and today, my wife and I still call this place home. Thanks to our community partners like Aaron's, members of the U.S. Bank Club now have a well-equipped space that will inspire them to work hard and chase their dreams."

In 2015, the Aaron's Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America'sKeystone Program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creating positive change in the community. Keystone Club teen centers provide members ages 14-18 an environment to plan and participate in activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach.

The 19 previous Keystone Club makeovers have included Boys & Girls Clubs in cities such as Los Angeles, San Antonio, Nashville, Las Vegas, Chicago and Miami. The makeover at the U.S. Bank Boys & Girls Club of Cincinnati includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $26,000.

"Teens who participate in Boys & Girls Club programs see improvements in grades and graduation rates, preparing them for greater success as young adults," said Valarie Pollard, Club Director of the U.S. Bank Boys and Girls Club of Cincinnati. "With the support of Aaron's, which has provided a state-of-the-art space for our club with new technology, furniture and appliances, our teens will learn and develop the skills that lead to successful futures."

Aaron's partnership with BGCA's Keystone Program inspires teens to "Own It" by taking ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve. The Aaron's and Keystone Club "Own Your Future" campaign supports three principles:

  • Own Your Path: No matter where you come from, the future is yours to decide.
  • Own Your Decisions: Making good choices opens more doors for your future.
  • Own Your Community: Use your talents to make an impact in your community.

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AARON'S AND PROGRESSIVE LEASING PARTNER WITH FORMER NFL STAR WARRICK DUNN IN TAMPA FOR 155TH HOME PRESENTATION

APR 17, 2017

Aaron's supplied the home furnishings for this month's Surprise Home Presentation to Tampa, Florida resident Keyona Thompson and her children as part of Homes for the Holidays (HFTH) program sponsored by former NFL star Warrick Dunn.

"We're proud to continue our partnership with Warrick Dunn Charities' Homes for the Holidays program, which provides single parents like Keyona with homes so they can have a safe and stable space to raise their families," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "Aaron's has a longstanding tradition of giving back to communities across the country and we're so pleased that these furnishings will be able to help make a difference in the Thompsons' lives for years to come."

Warrick Dunn Charities' (WDC) Homes for the Holidays assists single parents in becoming first-time homeowners by providing the materials necessary for long-term stability and the provisions required to ensure that both parent and children can thrive educationally, socially and economically. To date, in partnership with Aaron's and Habitat for Humanity affiliates, WDC and its sponsors have rewarded 155 single parents and over 400 children and dependents with the American Dream of first-time homeownership in 15 cities across the nation. This fall marks WDC's 20th year in assisting single parents and their families.

Keyona Thompson is a single mother of five children and the caregiver for her niece, three of whom are mentally disabled. Before this, Keyona lived in a three-bedroom, one-bathroom home where her children shared rooms while dealing with significant age gaps and a lack of appropriate space for the children with special needs. In addition, the family of seven lived in substandard conditions with a roof that leaked in multiple areas of the house.

"At Warrick Dunn Charities, we're committed to helping single parents secure homeownership and understand the system around that process so they will be successful for the rest of their lives," said Dunn. "Thanks to our partners such as Aaron's, families like the Thompsons do not need to worry about furnishing their homes and can focus on improving the life of their families and their communities."

Aaron's has been a longtime supporter of WDC initiatives and began contributing home furnishings, appliances and electronics to the Homes for the Holidays program in 2003. Warrick Dunn Charities, founded by former NFL star Warrick Dunn, was registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2002.

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AARON'S AND PROGRESSIVE LEASING TRANSFORM LAS VEGAS KEYSTONE CLUB

MAR 27, 2017

Aaron's surprised teens on Wednesday with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Lied Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada.

Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron's associates and Club officials worked on Monday painting, decorating and furnishing a computer study room, game zone, and lounge area at the Club. On Wednesday, local Aaron's associates and Club officials unveiled the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint. Teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams™ paint colors for the rooms: Surfin Blue, Olympus White, Wishful Blue and Chalkboard Paint.

"Our 19th refresh in Las Vegas demonstrates Aaron's continued commitment to helping teens across the country reach their full potential by providing the resources to allow them to grow as leaders in their communities," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "The Lied Clubhouse is vital for providing local teens a safe after-school space and we are certain this refresh will energize the club and attract more teen members who will become community leaders."

In 2015, the Aaron's Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America'sKeystone Program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creating positive change in the community. Keystone Club teen centers provide members ages 14-18 an environment to plan and participate in activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach.

The 18 previous Keystone Club makeovers have included Boys & Girls Clubs in cities such as Los Angeles, San Antonio, Nashville, Buffalo, Chicago and Miami. The makeover at the Lied Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $28,000.

"Thanks to our partnership with Aaron's, our community has an improved and updated space for teens, as well as a shining example of how giving back can make a big change," said Tomarco Glasper, Clubhouse Director of the Lied Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada. "We were so excited to see our members' jubilant reaction to the remodeled club and we know it will inspire teens to work even harder to become leaders and own their futures."

Aaron's partnership with BGCA's Keystone Program inspires teens to "Own It" by taking ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve. The Aaron's and Keystone Club "Own Your Future" campaign supports three principles:

  • Own Your Path: No matter where you come from, the future is yours to decide.
  • Own Your Decisions: Making good choices opens more doors for your future.
  • Own Your Community: Use your talents to make an impact in your community.

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AARON'S DELIVERS 2017 BLUE KIA FORTE EX TO GRAND PRIZE WINNER IN CALIFORNIA

MAR 23, 2017

Aaron's delivered a brand new 2017 blue Kia Forte EX wrapped in a big blue bow to Adam Barbour of Stockton, California, the grand prize winner of Aaron's "Big Blue Bow Event," at the Aaron's store in Tracy, California.

"The Kia giveaway wraps up our successful holiday Big Blue Bow Event where we gave away 1,435 giant stockings filled with toys and games to deserving families across the U.S. this past holiday," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "Aaron's is so pleased Adam is the grand prize winner of this wonderful gift. We want our customers to know that we're helping them own the life they want and hope they learn more about our great lease-to-own deals so that they can enjoy quality brand name products in their homes."

The Big Blue Bow Event continues Aaron's tradition of offering shoppers great lease-to-own deals with flexible payment options, no credit needed and the opportunity to pay off early and save.

The Kia has an Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of $25,810. Consumers who entered a new lease agreement during December were automatically entered to win the Kia. No purchase was required. Aaron's also partnered with "The Wendy Williams Show" this past holiday as part of the Big Blue Bow Event and awarded one lucky viewer with a full house of new furniture, appliances and electronics. The winner had a surprise reveal on the December 9 "The Wendy Williams Show."

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AARON'S AND PROGRESSIVE LEASING PRESENT GEORGIA SINGLE MOTHER WITH NEW HOME IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WARRICK DUNN

MAR 22, 2017

Aaron's provided the home furnishings last week for a Surprise Home Presentation to Snellville, Georgia resident Lula Jobir and her son as part of Homes for the Holidays (HFTH) program sponsored by former NFL star Warrick Dunn and Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity.

Aaron's is excited to continue our meaningful partnership with Warrick Dunn Charities to help make a difference in single parents' lives across the county," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "It's clear that Lula has worked hard to achieve her dreams and we're proud to contribute to her and her son's bright futures by furnishing her new home with beds, furniture, electronics and appliances."

Warrick Dunn Charities' (WDC) Homes for the Holidays assists single parents in becoming first-time homeowners by providing the materials necessary for long-term stability and the provisions required to ensure that both parent and children can thrive educationally, socially and economically. To date, in partnership with Aaron's and Habitat for Humanity affiliates, WDC and its sponsors have rewarded 154 single parents and over 400 children and dependents with the American Dream of first-time homeownership in 15 cities across the nation. This fall marks WDC's 20th year in assisting single parents and their families through the Homes for the Holidays program.

Lula Jobir arrived in the United States 16 years ago as an Ethiopian immigrant seeking asylum from the country's harsh politics, gaining her U.S. citizenship in 2011. She is moving out of a two-bedroom apartment she lived in with her mother, sister and son, with whom she shared a room. She works as a certified animal care tech at Emory University.

"Our fundamental goal at Warrick Dunn Charities is to provide single parents with financial stability and, thanks to Aaron's, these families are able to begin their new lives with homes full of furniture, electronics and appliances," said Dunn. "I began this charity as a tribute to my mother's dream of home ownership and Lula embodies that dream with her dedication and unwavering enthusiasm every time she talks about living in her family's new beautiful home."

Aaron's has been a longtime supporter of WDC initiatives and began contributing home furnishings, appliances and electronics to the Homes for the Holidays program in 2003. Warrick Dunn Charities, founded by former NFL star Warrick Dunn, was registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2002.

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BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA AND AARON'S PRESENT 50TH ANNUAL KEYSTONE CONFERENCE

MAR 6, 2017

More than 2,500 teen leaders from around the country convened in Chicago this week for Boys & Girls Clubs of America's 50th annual Keystone Conference presented by Aaron's. This morning, teens participated in a session on community policing featuring Grammy and Oscar winner Common, learning how to engage in conversations that help bridge relationships between teens and law enforcement. The conference kicked-off earlier this week with a newly renovated teen center at the Miguel A. Barreto Union League Boys & Girls Club in Chicago thanks to national partner Aaron's.

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he theme of this year's conference is "Activate Your Legacy," showing teens how they can develop and enhance leadership skills enabling participants to be leaders and ambassadors in their Clubs and communities. The first Keystone conference, in 1967, also took place in Chicago.

"Each day, Boys & Girls Clubs around the country inspire and empower teens to elevate their voice and activate their legacy to build a great future," said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "Thanks to the support of partners like Aaron's, thousands of teens will realize opportunities to lead and make a difference in their Clubs and communities through the Keystone Club. The 50th anniversary of the Keystone Conference is a celebration of our incredible teens and the legacy of millions of Club alumni who have found their voice through their Boys & Girls Club."

The Miguel A. Barreto remodel was the 18th renovation made possible through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Aaron's. With input from the teen members, Aaron's associates and Club officials worked Monday painting, decorating and furnishing a study, games and lounge area the Club. On Wednesday, local Aaron's associates and Club officials unveiled the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint.

"For five decades, Keystone, Boys & Girls Club of America's premier teen leadership program has transformed the lives of youth across our country, and Aaron's is honored to help make a difference in these teens' lives," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "The 50th Annual Keystone Conference is a shining example of how young people can learn to be leaders and affect social change even at their young age. Aaron's is grateful to help America's teens realize their potential by investing in this instrumental program."

In 2015, the Aaron's Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America'sKeystone Program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creating positive change in the community. Keystone Club teen centers provide members ages 14-18 an environment to plan and participate in activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach.

Aaron's partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Keystone Program inspires teens to "Own It" by taking ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve. The Aaron's and Keystone Club "Own Your Future" campaign supports three principles:

  • Own Your Path: No matter where you come from, the future is yours to decide.
  • Own Your Decisions: Making good choices opens more doors for your future.
  • Own Your Community: Use your talents to make an impact in your community.

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AARON'S AND PROGRESSIVE LEASING PARTNER WITH WARRICK DUNN CHARITIES TO SURPRISE SINGLE MOTHER WITH FULLY FURNISHED HOME

MAR 3, 2017

Aaron's last week surprised first-time homeowner and Baton Rouge resident Latrenda Perkins and her two children with a fully furnished home as part of the Homes for the Holidays (HFTH) program sponsored by former NFL star Warrick Dunn.

The presentation in Baton Rouge was the 152nd for Warrick Dunn Charities (WDC) by the former pro running back. In partnership with Aaron's and Habitat for Humanity affiliates, WDC has rewarded 152 single parents and their 400 children and dependents with the American Dream of first-time homeownership through down payment assistance in 15 cities across the nation.

"It continues to be a great pleasure to see so many families' lives changed for the better because of the hard work by Warrick Dunn Charities," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "Aaron's is so happy to partner once again with Warrick and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge to provide furnishings for Latrenda's new home, where we know she can raise her children in a safe and comfortable environment."

Warrick Dunn Charities' Homes for the Holidays assists single parents in becoming first-time homeowners by providing the materials necessary for long-term stability and the provisions required to ensure that both parent and children can thrive educationally, socially and economically.

For nearly a decade, Latrenda Perkins and her children shared a single room in her parents' house in Baton Rouge. Then the city's August 2016 flooding filled that home with water, displacing the entire family to a nearby hotel and then to a small rental. Despite the setbacks, Latrenda never let go of her dream of homeownership. She cruised through Habitat for Humanity's training program, where she learned about home maintenance and community engagement.

"These houses are always incredible but we're especially grateful to Aaron's for making the inside feel truly hospitable with comfy beds, furniture, new electronics and appliances," said Dunn. "Latrenda's optimism and fortitude set an incredible example for her children and we know she will remain responsible and humble as she moves into a new, joyful phase of her life."

Aaron's has been a longtime supporter of Warrick Dunn Charities initiatives and began contributing home furnishings, appliances and electronics to the Homes for the Holidays program in 2003. Warrick Dunn Charities was founded in 2002 by former NFL star Warrick Dunn.

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AARON'S PARTNERS WITH 'THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW' TO DELIVER HOME TRANSFORMATION TO WEST VIRGINIA FAMILY

FEB 13, 2017

Aaron's delivered and installed a complete home makeover for the Dobbs family of Granville, West Virginia, who was recently surprised as the grand prize winner of the "Big Blue Bow Home Makeover" on "The Wendy Williams Show."

The home makeover is part of Aaron's continued partnership with "The Wendy Williams Show" and Aaron's holiday promotion, the "Big Blue Bow Event," with shopping deals and big-prize giveaways, including nearly 1,435 giant stockings stuffed with toys and games, cash prizes of up to $5,000, and a 2017 Kia Forte EX delivered to a lucky customer's home.

The Dobbs family, including Anthony, Jasmine and their son Zaylen, were surprised on the December 9th episode of "The Wendy Williams Show" with new furniture, appliances and electronics from Aaron's. The home makeover was displayed on the show's stage wrapped in a big blue bow as a nod to the "Big Blue Bow Event."

The Dobbs recently moved into their first home but have struggled to pay bills and student loans and could not afford a washer and dryer or to replace a worn-out living room set. Before moving into their new home, the Dobbs were living in a smaller townhouse. The couple works fulltime, Anthony as an assistant director for the local parks and recreation department and Jasmine as a paralegal who also is studying for her master's degree in project management.

"It's heartwarming to see a deserving family receive a really special home makeover and Aaron's is grateful to be able to make this happen in partnership with Wendy Williams," said John Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aaron's, Inc. "The Dobbs family now has a newly refreshed home for their family and will enjoy coming home every day to a modern and completely furnished household."

During "The Wendy Williams Show" surprise presentation in December, the studio audience got another big surprise, with each of them receiving a free Woodhaven mattress from Aaron's. For more than three decades, Woodhaven has set the standard for superior quality and affordability with their handcrafted, American-made furniture.

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AARON’S AND PROGRESSIVE LEASING PROVIDE 17th KEYSTONE MAKEOVER FOR INDIANA TEENS

FEB 3, 2017

Aaron's and Progressive Leasing presented teens on Wednesday with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County in Indiana.

Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing associates and Club officials worked last Monday painting, updating a gym, and decorating and furnishing the Teen Club Café and Lounge. On Wednesday, local Aaron’s associates, Progressive Leasing associates and Club officials unveiled the newly-remodeled rooms now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint. Teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams™ paint colors for the rooms: Deep Sea Blue; Lavish Lavender; Network Gray; and Chalkboard Paint.

“The Parkview Boys & Girls Club is committed to helping its teen members achieve academic success and provide opportunities to practice good citizenship, so it’s essential that they have a state-of-the-art environment to help facilitate those goals,” said John Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aaron’s, Inc. “Aaron’s is thrilled to make this Club a place that teens can be proud of and help inspire them to work hard and own their futures.”

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters attended the surprise unveiling and congratulated the teens. “I’ve spent most of my life in Huntington and the Club has always been a powerful resource for our community’s youth,” he said. “With this renovation, Aaron’s and Progressive Leasing has helped improve this space and made it a location Huntington teens are excited to come to every single day.”

In 2015, the Aaron’s Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Keystone Program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creating positive change in the community. Keystone Club teen centers provide members ages 14-18 an environment to plan and participate in activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach.

The 16 previous Keystone Club makeovers have included Boys & Girls Clubs in cities across the nation such as Los Angeles, San Antonio, Nashville, Buffalo, Dallas and Miami. The makeover at the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $28,000.

“Teens who attend Boys & Girls Clubs are shown to have improvements in grades, graduation rates and much more,” said Mandy Reber, Executive Director of the Parkview Boys & Girls Club of Huntington County. “We serve hundreds of kids every day and thanks to Aaron’s we’re now well-equipped to provide them with a safe, modern space to help them become leaders in our community.”

Aaron's partnership with BGCA's Keystone Program inspires teens to "Own It" by taking ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve. The Aaron's and Keystone Club "Own Your Future" campaign supports three principles:

  • Own Your Path: No matter where you come from, the future is yours to decide.
  • Own Your Decisions: Making good choices opens more doors for your future.
  • Own Your Community: Use your talents to make an impact in your community.

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AARON'S SPREADS HOLIDAY JOY WITH GIANT STOCKINGS STUFFED WITH TOYS

JAN 2, 2017

Aaron's this December gave away 1,435 giant stockings filled with toys and games to deserving families across the U.S.

The awarding of eight-foot stockings and toys was part of Aaron's "Big Blue Bow Event," a month-long frenzy of shopping deals and big-prize giveaways. The giant stockings are stuffed with presents, such as wiffle balls and bats, stuffed animals, toy trucks and cars, coloring games, sticker sets, kites, children's tool sets and frisbees.

Winning families were nominated by friends, co-workers or relatives from December 1-15. Nominators were asked to describe "why a deserving family could use a stocking full of toys this holiday," and entries were judged by Aaron's based on appropriateness to theme, enthusiasm, inspiration, broad appeal and message delivery.

Many of the winning entries made for heartwarming stories. A North Carolina woman was nominated by a neighbor because she has a special needs six-year-old grandson and "always helps people before taking care of herself." An Arkansas mother who recently moved from a domestic violence shelter needed "toys for her kids because they just moved with nothing," according to a friend who nominated her.

Another eight-foot stocking recipient was a Tennessee single mother who was praised by her landlord for never complaining about her difficult situation while raising her sons with "respect for all." And there was the nomination of a four-year-old boy from Ohio who was born after the death of his father and is now battling Huntington's disease. The nominator wrote: "I am putting his name in for the prize, knowing this would give him a better Christmas."

"Nothing is more fulfilling for Aaron's than providing joy to those most in need during the holiday season," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "We hope these stockings and toys will bring smiles to those who are struggling and especially deserving of some holiday cheer."

As part of the "Big Blue Bow Event" throughout December, Aaron's has been giving away prizes, promotions and incentives to continue its tradition of offering holiday shoppers great lease-to-own deals with flexible payment options, no credit needed and the opportunity to pay off early and save. In addition to the giant stockings, Aaron's will award a grand prize, a new blue 2017 Kia Forte EX with an Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of $25,810. No purchase is required and everyone can enter at a participating Aaron's store or online at www.Aarons.com/BigBlueBow through December 24, 2016.

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AARON'S TEAMS WITH FORMER NFL STARS TO DELIVER "HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS"

NOV 28, 2016

Aaron's provided home furnishings for three surprise home presentations this month as part of Homes for the Holidays (HFTH) programs sponsored by former NFL stars Warrick Dunn and Kurt Warner.

The presentations in Newark and Atlanta were the 150th and 151st, respectively, since the 2002 founding of Warrick Dunn Charities (WDC) by the former pro running back. In partnership with Aaron's and Habitat for Humanity affiliates, WDC has rewarded 151 single parents – plus their 400 children and dependents – with the American Dream of first-time homeownership through down payment assistance in 15 cities across the nation.

In Phoenix, a partnership of Aaron's, Habitat for Humanity and retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, his wife Brenda, and their First Things First Foundation (FTFF), presented a home to a single mother of three. The family was the 41st nationwide – and 19th in Arizona – to be surprised by FTFF's "Homes for the Holidays" program.

"We are thrilled to join Warrick Dunn Charities, First Things First Foundation and Habitat for Humanity in celebrating these newest additions to a heartwarming program that provides single parents with a safe, comfortable home for them and their children," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "For 61 years, Aaron's has focused on supporting our communities, and we're happy to continue that tradition by providing these families with furnishings they can enjoy this holiday season and for years to come."

The 150th home by WDC went to Newark resident Beatrice McKay, a Liberian refugee and mother of two. Aaron's surprised McKay and her family by providing furniture and electronics for her master bedroom, two children's bedrooms, living room and dining room. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his wife, Jane, also contributed to the surprise home and personally assisted in decorating the home and attended the unveiling.

A week later in the Atlanta suburb of Jonesboro, the 151st home was presented by WDC to Rickita Burney, a single mother of two. Burney overcame a bitter divorce, multiple home break-ins, financial stresses, and living in cramped quarters with her mother to complete Habitat for Humanity requirements to receive a new home and interest-free mortgage.

"Helping Rickita and Beatrice accomplish their American Dream is what makes Homes for the Holidays so rewarding," said Dunn. "Nobody deserves this more than they do, as each of them has overcome numerous obstacles to achieve this goal."

Warrick Dunn Charities provides hope and healing to communities through innovative programming inspired by Dunn's life journey. The Homes for the Holidays program assists single parents in becoming first-time homeowners by providing the materials necessary for long-term stability and the provisions required to ensure both parent and children can thrive educationally, socially and economically. The recipients receive $5,000 in down payment assistance as well as home furnishings, appliances, food, and other support for financial stability and security.

The Phoenix home was presented by Aaron's, FTFF and Habitat for Humanity to Amanaranta Robles, a single mom who works hard to provide for her three children. They were most recently living in Amanaranta's mother's three-bedroom, one-bathroom house along with her sister's family.

First Things First Foundation was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to impacting lives by promoting Christian values, sharing experiences and providing opportunities to encourage everyone that all things are possible when people to seek to put "first things first." Unbeknownst to the Robles family, their new home was fully furnished, including all the furniture, washer and dryer, and a computer with an approximate total retail value of $10,000 thanks to Aaron's.

"I'm overjoyed we're able to help Amanaranta and her children feel at home in a place of their own," said Warner. "By doing this, we not only reward Amanaranta for achieving the dream of home ownership, but also give her children a springboard for their future and empower them to achieve their dreams."

Read more about the Warrick Dunn Charities Holiday Home Presentation here at WSB’s website: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/former-falcons-player-helps-donate-new-home-to-single-mom/470142135

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AARON'S REMODELS BOYS & GIRLS KEYSTONE CLUB FOR MIAMI TEENS

NOV 23, 2016

Aaron's surprised teens last Friday with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Hank Kline Boys & Girls Club of Miami.

Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron's associates and Club officials worked over the last several weeks painting, decorating and furnishing a study, lounge and games area in a multipurpose space at the Club. On Friday, local Aaron's associates and Club officials unveiled the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint. Teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams™ paint colors for the rooms: Dynamic Blue; Byte Blue; Redbud and Charming Pink.

"With Thanksgiving around the corner, Aaron's is so grateful to be in a position to help teens across the country and here in Miami. We have been awestruck by the enthusiasm our associates bring to these renovations and the ongoing relationship with the Clubs in their communities," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "The Hank Kline Club is focused on preparing teens for college and beyond by providing positive, enjoyable programs, so it's vital that the Club is a comfortable and tech-enabled environment to help them succeed. Aaron's looks forward to continuing our commitment to the Keystone Program in 2017."

In 2015, the Aaron's Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Keystone Program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creating positive change in the community. Keystone Club teen centers provide members ages 14-18 an environment to plan and participate in activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach. The Keystone Club makeover at the Hank Kline Boys & Girls Club of Miami includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $24,000.

"The teen program at the Hank Kline Club is now in its fourth year and it's amazing to see how many kids in our community have flocked here who previously didn't have a safe space to go to after school," said Eddie Rodriguez, Unit Director of the Hank Kline Boys & Girls Club. "Thanks to Aaron's generosity, we now have the resources to serve even more teens in Miami and I expect that many more kids will bring their peers to join the Club and become leaders in their community."

Aaron's partnership with BGCA's Keystone Program inspires teens to "Own It" by taking ownership of their choices to build the lives they deserve. The Aaron's and Keystone Club "Own Your Future" campaign supports three principles:

  • Own Your Path: No matter where you come from, the future is yours to decide.
  • Own Your Decisions: Making good choices opens more doors for your future.
  • Own Your Community: Use your talents to make an impact in your community.

To see photos of the Keystone Club remodel at the Hank Kline Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami, visit Aaron's on Facebook (www.facebook.com/aaronsinc), on Twitter (www.twitter.com/AaronsInc) and at www.AaronsGives.com.

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AARON'S CELEBRATES BLACK FRIDAY WITH WEEK-LONG CELEBRATION

NOV 22, 2016

Aaron's yesterday kicked off a week-long celebration of Black Friday with daily deals designed to deliver significant savings to Aaron's shoppers.

The week of shopping excitement begins with Aaron's giving free big-screen TVs to 12 lucky customers in select markets. Aaron's invited unsuspecting customers and their families to stores in Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville and Jacksonville, where they each received a free 55" Philips Smart 4K UHD LED TV.

"Aaron's would like to thank our customers as we celebrate Black Friday all week long," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "During the Thanksgiving holiday, we'd like our customers to know that we are truly thankful for their loyalty."

Aaron's "7 Days of Black Friday" event also includes door-buster offers, savings of hundreds of dollars on new leases for select furniture, electronics and appliances, exclusive online offers at Aarons.com and special Cyber Monday deals.

Aaron's offers holiday shoppers great lease-to-own deals with flexible payment options, no credit needed and the opportunity to pay off early and save.Aaron's "7 Days of Black Friday" event also includes door-buster offers, savings of hundreds of dollars on new leases for select furniture, electronics and appliances, exclusive online offers at Aarons.com and special Cyber Monday deals.

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AARON'S HOSTS MICHAEL WALTRIP FAMILY VACATION SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS AT MIAMI RACE

NOV 22, 2016

Aaron's hosted a whirlwind weekend getaway in Miami for the winners of the Michael Waltrip Family Vacation Sweepstakes.

Elizabeth Chancey, a Tennessee resident and huge racing fan, won the Michael Waltrip Family Vacation Sweepstakes and brought along her husband and two friends to Miami for an all-expenses-paid vacation. They enjoyed a shopping spree on Saturday at a Miami Aaron's store. They were joined by racing legend Michael Waltrip, who helped pick out their furniture, appliances and electronics.

On Sunday, Waltrip and Aaron's treated the family to a VIP Racetrack Experience at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The family also received a private tour of the garages at the track with the racing star.

"The excitement has been building for this sweepstakes and we're thrilled that the winners were able to enjoy a beautiful weekend in Miami with Aaron's and Michael Waltrip," said Andrea Freeman, Aaron's Vice President of Marketing. "It was no accident that this coincided with the holiday season, as we were looking for ways to show our appreciation to our loyal customers. We were especially excited to give these racing fans an exclusive racetrack experience with Michael, who we've worked with for many years."

Waltrip has been featured in Aaron's commercials this year and has raced with the Aaron's logo visible on his car as an associate sponsor. The Aaron's Waltrip Family Vacation Sweepstakes, which ran from May 2 to May 26, received thousands of entries across the country.

"My partnership with Aaron's continues to present me with new opportunities to give back to my fans," said Waltrip. "I had a wonderful time in Miami with Beth and her family and was excited to see how much they enjoyed the race on Sunday."

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AARON'S SURPRISES PORTLAND TEENS WITH RENOVATED BOYS & GIRLS KEYSTONE CLUB

NOV 7, 2016

Last week, Aaron's surprised teens with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Wattles Boys & Girls Club of Portland.

Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron’s associates and Club officials worked last Wednesday painting, decorating and furnishing a study, lounge and games area in a multipurpose space at the Club. On Friday, local Aaron’s associates and Club officials unveiled the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint. Teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams™ paint colors for the rooms: Copen Blue; Pink Shadow; Peacock Plume; Pewter Tankard and Belvedere Cream.

“This is our 15th Keystone Club makeover and it’s always an honor for Aaron’s associates to work with the teens to redesign their space. Together we are creating inviting, exciting and safe places for them to learn and grow as leaders,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “These Clubs serve a vital purpose, preparing teens for college and beyond with leadership, social action and community service opportunities. Aaron’s is proud to continue its commitment to the Keystone Program with our Portland Club renovation.”

In 2015, the Aaron’s Foundation, Inc. announced a three-year, $5 million national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Keystone Program, helping teens develop their character and leadership skills in hopes of helping them reach their potential and creating positive change in the community. Keystone Club teen centers provide members ages 14-18 an environment to plan and participate in activities that focus on community service, academic success, career preparation and teen outreach. The Keystone Club makeover at the Wattles Boys & Girls Club of Portland includes an additional in-kind retail donation valued at $27,000.

This is the 15th Boys & Girls Club Keystone Makeover completed by Aaron's. The Aaron's team will be back to work next week in Miami.

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AARON'S DONATES FURNITURE AND TECH TO ADDICTION RECOVERY PROGRAM AND FIRE STATION

OC 28, 2016

Last week, Aaron’s, Inc. associates donated, delivered and installed furniture and technology to the Joint Intervention Program (JIP), a local Farmington, NM addiction recovery organization, and Farmington's Fire Department “Station 1.”

JIP is a treatment center that provides recovering addicts assistance and a place to stay while they recover. The ultimate goal is for people who go through the program to beat their addictions and become productive members of society. The new building was opened earlier this year, but lacked the basic necessities for its patients to feel comfortable and safe while receiving treatment, until Aaron’s donation last week.

The Farmington Fire Department’s “Station 1” houses an engine company, ladder company, brush truck and battalion chief. The station was constructed in 1959 and responds to over 3000 calls annually. The many Farmington firefighters who work overnight shifts and sleep at the station were in need of mattresses and beds, which Aaron’s provided.

Aaron's has a long legacy of giving back, a commitment that was started by founder Charlie Loudermilk and continues today through Aaron's Gives (www.AaronsGives.com) philanthropic efforts including Aaron's Foundation, Inc. and the Aaron's Community Outreach Program (ACORP). The Aaron's Foundation, Inc. mission is to commit to strengthening the communities in which Aaron's operates, with a focus on improving the life prospects of at-risk youth. Aaron's provides at-risk youth with the tools, resources and skills to achieve their goals and to become productive, contributing members of their communities. In addition to the Foundation efforts, Aaron's store-based giving program called ACORP (Aaron's Community Outreach Program) has given millions to local communities across the United States.

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AARON'S REVEALS RENOVATED PITTSBURGH BOYS & GIRLS CLUB TEEN CENTER

OCT 25, 2016

Last week, Aaron's surprised teens with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Boys & Girls Club of Pittsburgh's Sarah Heinz House on Friday.

Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, Aaron's associates and Club officials worked last Wednesday painting, decorating and furnishing a study and lounge area in a multipurpose space at the Club. Last Friday, local Aaron's associates and Club officials unveiled the new space, which is now equipped with new technology, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint. Teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams™ paint colors for the rooms: Navel, Direct Green and Jay Blue.

Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto attended the surprise unveiling and congratulated the teens. "What an exciting space for these teens to learn how to interact with the community and grow as leaders," said Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto. "With public-private partnerships forged by companies like Aaron's, we are together building strong communities for our teens to develop as tomorrow's leaders."

This is the 14th Boys & Girls Club Keystone Makeover completed by Aaron's. The Aaron's team will be back to work next week in Portland.

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AARON'S HOSTS CORPORATE WORK PROGRAM FOR ATLANTA CRISTO REY STUDENTS

OCT 24, 2016

Aaron's has partnered with the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Corporate Work Study Program to provide eight high school students with a work/study program during the 2016-2017 school year.

One of the 32 schools in the nationwide Cristo Rey Network, Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School is a college preparatory high school for underrepresented urban youth. In 2003, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, along with venture philanthropists B.J. and Bebe Cassin, provided seed funding to promote the replication of the Cristo Rey schools. Through rigorous academics, coupled with real world work experience, Cristo Rey students graduate high school prepared for success in college and in life.

As part of the school's Corporate Work Study Program, each of Aaron's eight sponsored Cristo Rey Atlanta students will work five full days a month at Aaron's corporate office. This educational initiative aims to transform the lives of low-income, underserved students in Atlanta.

By enrolling in this program, students earn the majority of the cost of their own education, and gain valuable real-world job skills, contacts and experience. Cristo Rey Network students go on to college in record numbers, in large part because of their early exposure to the working world. By matching business interests with the educational and economic needs of lower-income students, the program gives at-risk young people their best chance of overcoming the financial barriers that limit their educational and professional opportunities.

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AARON’S AND WARRICK DUNN CHARITIES’ HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS SURPRISE HOUSTON FAMILY WITH FURNISHED HOME

OCT 13, 2016

ATLANTA (October 13, 2016) – Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, provided the home furnishings for a surprise home presentation this week to Houston resident Terorah Davis and her daughter as part of Warrick Dunn Charities’ (WDC) Homes for the Holidays (HFTH) program.

“Thanks to the tireless work from Warrick Dunn Charities’ Homes for the Holidays, we are celebrating 149 families who now have a home where they can feel safe and build the lives they deserve,” said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron’s, Inc. “Aaron’s is proud to continue this partnership that benefits single parents across the country like Terorah. We’re happy to provide her with furnishings helping make her house a home for her and her children to enjoy for years to come.”

Warrick Dunn Charities’ Homes for the Holidays assists single parents in becoming first-time homeowners by providing the materials necessary for long-term stability and the provisions required to ensure that both parent and children can thrive educationally, socially and economically. To date, in partnership with Aaron's and Habitat for Humanity affiliates, WDC and its sponsors have rewarded over 149 single parents and over 400 children and dependents with the American Dream of first-time homeownership in 15 cities across the nation.

Aaron's has been a longtime supporter of Warrick Dunn Charities initiatives and began contributing the furnishings for the Homes for the Holidays program in 2003. Warrick Dunn Charities was founded in 2002 by former NFL star Warrick Dunn.

“We’re so thankful to have this partnership with Aaron’s which fills these homes with the furniture, electronics and appliances and supports our goal of helping single parents achieve financial freedom and stability,” said Warrick Dunn. “It always brings me so much joy to know we have positively impacted these families’ lives and see the new homeowners full of gratitude and amazement as they walk through their fully furnished home.”

The Davis family was joined by Warrick Dunn Charities Founder Warrick Dunn, Aaron's Vice President of Southwestern Operations Ryan Malone and Habitat for Humanity of Houston Executive Director Allison Hay.

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AARON'S LAUNCHES GREAT FUTURES CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF AMERICA

ATLANTA, GA - AUG 3, 2016

CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

Aaron's is committed to Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the mission of providing kids, especially those most in need, with access to after-school programs that enable children to be successful and achieve great futures.

Today, more than 4,200 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives.

Be a part of this powerful Movement to make a difference in the lives of nearly 4 million young people today! All funds raised will support Boys & Girls Clubs of America's mission to create great futures for our nation's young people.

BGCA is a 501(c)3 (nonprofit) organization and donations are tax deductible.

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AARON'S "OWN YOUR SUMMER" SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS HONORED IN NORTH CAROLINA

CHARLOTTE, NC - JULY 28, 2016

On July 28, Aaron's celebrated its first year sending 100 underserved youth to overnight camp through the Aaron’s “Own Your Summer” Scholarship Program in Charlotte, North Carolina, in partnership with Camp Harrison and YMCA of Greater Charlotte.

Hosted at YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s McCrorey YMCA branch, several Aaron’s scholarship recipients shared stories about their camp experience and 25 teens created care packages for campers who otherwise may not receive one while attending camp.

Aaron's "Own Your Summer" Camp Scholarship Program was designed to provide underserved youth with an opportunity to learn the life lessons of developing confidence, team work and decision-making skills that happen during overnight summer camp experiences. In its first year, Aaron’s partnered with five camps in Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Tennessee to give $50,000 scholarships to 100 underserved youth. The following camps each received $10,000 to send between 10-35 youth to overnight camp: The Camp Grace, Camp Atwater, YMCA Camp Harrison, Girl Scouts Louisiana East Camps and YMCA Camp Widjiwagan.

Click here to watch a recap of the event that ran on NBC Charlotte.

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AARON’S “OWN YOUR SUMMER” CAMP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SENDS 100 UNDERSERVED YOUTHS TO OVERNIGHT SUMMER CAMP

ATLANTA,GA - JUN 22, 2016

$50,000 in Scholarships Helps Youth in Five States Learn Life Lessons at Summer Camp

ATLANTA (June 21, 2016) – Aaron's, Inc. (NYSE: AAN), a leader in the sales and lease ownership and specialty retailing of furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, announced the Aaron’s “Own Your Summer” Camp Scholarship Program today which will provide 100 underserved youths from Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Tennessee with scholarships to attend overnight summer camp. Aaron’s “Own Your Summer” Camp Scholarship Program was designed to provide underserved youth with an opportunity to learn the life lessons of developing confidence, team work and decision-making skills that happen during overnight summer camp experiences.

“There are many benefits that overnight summer camps provide young people with including new opportunities to learn and grow while developing the leadership skills needed to become successful, community-building adults,” said Andrea Freeman, Vice President of Marketing, Aaron’s, Inc. “While attending overnight summer camp, these young people will learn to make choices without the aid of their parents, helping them build self-reliance, develop active lifestyle habits that promote good health and learn pro-social behaviors. They will develop friends for life and learn to how to live cooperatively with other youths. With this scholarship program, we’re providing 100 youths with an opportunity to grow these needed life skills, offering them a better outlook on life.”

Research conducted by the American Camp Association (www.acacamps.org) shows that summer camps build skills that prepare campers to develop roles as successful adults. Studies show that youths learn key developmental skills at summer camp including 1) leadership, communication and participation as social skills; 2) responsibility, resourcefulness and resilience as self-respect and character building skills; and 3) caring, fairness, citizenship and trustworthiness as community living and service skills.

The following camps located in five states will each receive approximately $10,000 from Aaron's Foundation, Inc. providing 100 underserved youths an experience away from home with their peers to focus on building lifetime friendships and unplugged learning through exploring nature:

  • The Camp Grace (www.thecampgrace.com/): Located outside of Macon, Georgia, Camp Grace’s 300-acre retreat has established an environment that creates dreams, changes hearts and inspires life change. Camp Grace and its partners are dedicated to transforming the lives of urban youth in their communities by working with campers year-round after attending summer camp.
  • Camp Atwater (www.campatwater.org): Serving youth for 96 years, Camp Atwater is a residential summer camp for boys and girls, ages 8-15 years, and located in North Brookfield, Massachusetts. Camp Atwater’s mission is to assist in the academic and social growth and development of youth by offering a quality residential camp experience within a safe, nurturing and Afrocentric environment.
  • YMCA Camp Harrison (www.campharrison.org): YMCA Camp Harrison is a co-ed resident overnight camp for kids ages 6-16 and is located in the lush, serene North Carolina mountains, 90 miles from Charlotte. With 2,000 acres of woods, streams, and trails centered around a private lake, Camp Harrison is the perfect retreat for youths to explore nature and make new friends and in a fun, safe environment.
  • Girl Scouts Louisiana East Camps (www.gsle.org/camp): Girl Scouts Louisiana East owns and operates two summer resident camps in southeast Louisiana. Camp Marydale and Camp Whispering Pines provides adventure, self-esteem, leadership skills, friends and fun for girls entering 1st through 12th grade with activities ranging from canoeing, kayaking, swimming, horseback riding, high/low ropes, building campfires, investigating a mystery and moonlit scavenger hunts.
  • YMCA Camp Widjiwagan (www.campwidji.org): Located on 320 beautiful acres on Percy Priest Lake just outside Nashville, YMCA Camp Widjiwagan is owned and operated by the YMCA of Middle Tennessee. YMCA Camp Widjiwagan's Overnight Camp is the heart and soul of the summer camp experience where imagination comes alive. Campers participate in exciting programs focused on developing various skills of their own choosing.

Aaron’s has a long legacy of giving back, a commitment that was started by founder Charlie Loudermilk and continues today through Aaron’s Gives (www.AaronsGives.com) philanthropic efforts including Aaron’s Foundation, Inc. and the Aaron’s Community Outreach Program (ACORP). The Aaron’s Foundation, Inc. mission is to commit to strengthening the communities in which Aaron’s operates, with a focus on improving the life prospects of at-risk youth. Aaron’s provides at-risk youth with the tools, resources and skills to achieve their goals and to become productive, contributing members of their communities.

Visit Aaron's on Facebook (www.facebook.com/aaronsinc) and on Twitter (www.twitter.com/AaronsInc) for more information.

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AARON’S REVITALIZES BOSTON-AREA BOYS & GIRLS CLUB KEYSTONE TEEN CENTER

BROCKTON, MA - MAY 18, 2016

Aaron's celebrated another successful school year by surprising the teens from Boys & Girls Club of Brockton with an updated Keystone Teen Center on Wednesday, May 18 in Brockton, Massachusetts.

Through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) and input from the teen members, more than 30 Aaron’s associates and Club officials worked on Monday to paint, decorate and furnish the learning zone, chill zone, music room and multipurpose area in the Club. The Brockton teens chose the special Sherwin-Williams™ paint colors for their center: STOP, African Violet, Tame Teal, Carnival Orange and Mystical Shade.

This is the 13th Boys & Girls Club Keystone Makeover completed by Aaron's. The Aaron's team will take a break for the summer and start back again in August.

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AARON’S TRANSFORMS KEYSTONE CLUB FOR BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS TEEN MEMBERS IN JACKSON, MS

JACKSON, MS - APR 15, 2016

Aaron's surprised teens with a newly renovated Keystone Teen Center at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi Walker Unit on Friday, April 15, 2016.

Aaron’s associates from the Jackson, Mississippi area spent two days painting, decorating and furnishing the study, lounge and entertainment areas in the Club. On April 15, local Aaron’s associates and Club officials unveiled the new space to the teen members, now equipped with new technology, appliances, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint.

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AARON'S SPONSORS 49TH NATIONAL KEYSTONE CONFERENCE WITH "BLACK-ISH" TEEN STAR

DALLAS, TX - MAR 18, 2016

As one of the largest youth leadership conferences in the US, Aaron’s served as the major sponsor for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Keystone Conference - impacting more than 2,500 teens. The Keystone Conference featured a special celebrity guest speaker – award winning actress, 16-year-old Yara Shahidi, who plays Zoey on the hit ABC show “Black-ish.” Shahidi spoke on the conference theme “Year of the Teen” which helped teens gain a sense of hope and discover their inner power to make a difference in their lives, their Clubs and local communities.

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AARON'S GIVES MESQUITE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB A REFRESH

MESQUITE, TX - MAR 16, 2016

Aaron's revealed a freshly renovated Keystone Club to teen members of the Mesquite Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas on Wednesday, March 16, in Mesquite, Texas.

With input from the teen members, Aaron's associates and Club officials went to work earlier in the week painting, decorating and furnishing a media/multipurpose, kitchen, computer lab and games room in the Club. On Wednesday, Aaron's associates and Club officials unveiled the new center to the teen members, equipped with new technology, kitchen appliances, sectionals, tables and chairs, sound systems and fresh coats of paint.

Damaris Lewis, a Boys & Girls Clubs alum, and professional model, host and dancer, attended the surprise Club refresh unveiling. Lewis will speak at the Keystone Conference this week, engaging young women and their advisors in discussions around self-esteem, confidence, body image and media influence.

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AARON'S MODERNIZES KANSAS CITY KEYSTONE CLUB

INDEPENDENCE, MO - FEB 12, 2016

Aaron's revealed a newly renovated Keystone Club to teen members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City Independence Unit on Friday, February 12.

The Independence Unit was chosen for the surprise makeover after being named this year's first Race to the Club contest winner. The annual Race to the Club contest is a teen outreach program within the Boys & Girls Clubs that is focused on the recruitment, retention and engagement of teens ages 14-18. As a reward for retaining and recruiting the most teens and through a partnership with Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA), the Independence club was chosen for the surprise teen center makeover from Aaron's.

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AARON'S ASSOCIATES BREAK A GUINNESS WORLD RECORD

MAR 22, 2016

Aaron’s broke the Guinness World Record as the LARGEST HUMAN MATTRESS DOMINOES with 1,200 mattresses!

Aaron’s broke the Guinness World Record as the LARGEST HUMAN MATTRESS DOMINOES with 1,200 mattresses! On Tuesday, March 22, 1,200 Aaron’s associates lined up tightly inside the Gaylord National Resort in Washington, D.C., to attempt the largest domino topple in the world for charity. Finishing in a little over 13 minutes, Aaron’s broke the record with only one attempt! ACORP purchased all the mattresses from Woodhaven, who provided a very generous discount for the mattresses. All 1,200 mattresses were donated to A Wider Circle, an organization focused on ending individual and family poverty, and to the Sasha Bruce Youthwork and Wanda Alston Foundation homeless shelters. Watch the video clip on the Aaron’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/aaronsinc/videos/10154146323669742/?pnref=story

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AARON'S 2,000 MANAGERS GIVE BACK TO NATION'S CAPITAL AT ANNUAL MEETING

MAR 21, 2016

On Monday, March 21, more than 2,000 Aaron’s managers joined forces with local organizations in Washington D.C. to give back.

The giving efforts kicked off with a donation event where Aaron's donated furniture to 28 apartments for families who have experienced homelessness. This effort supports Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's efforts to ensure safe, dignified housing for all Washingtonians and end homelessness in the District of Columbia. In addition, Aaron's associates also:

Partnered with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation to refurbish three Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. These clean-up projects are an outgrowth of Aaron's 3-year, $5 million commitment to Boys & Girls Clubs of America that began last year. The makeovers will include painting, installing furniture, appliances, TVs, sound and gaming systems, mulching and repairing fences to provide safe and welcoming spaces for D.C.-area youth.

Raised money for the Fisher House Foundation, which provides housing at no cost for military families whose loved ones are receiving treatment, and Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation, which provides non-medical, supportive care to children with cancer, and their families.

Donated blood to INOVA Blood Donor Services.

Registeredfor Be the Match, the national bone marrow donor program.

Provided a scholarship to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to students who demonstrate leadership ability through exemplary community service and academic talent.

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AARON’S SUPPORTS LOCAL EMS CENTER

DEC 4, 2015

The Aaron’s store in Dyersburg, Tennessee recently made headlines for their 40-inch TV donation to Lake County's Emergency Medical Service Center. Check out the full story on the Dyersburg State Gazette Website.

WEST MEMPHIS AARON’S STORE DONATES TO LOCAL BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

DEC 2, 2015

The funds will go towards the Club’s fundraising efforts to renovate their gymnasium. A special ribbon cutting ceremony will be held when the gym is completed in January 2016. Aaron’s will be listed as one of the donors on a large plaque that will sit in the gym’s entrance. Aaron’s strongly supports our local communities and is committed to giving back to our youth through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

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AARON’S VETERANS DAY ROOM MAKEOVERS

NOV 11, 2015

To kick off Aaron’s Military Appreciation Discount Program, Aaron’s awarded 11 military families across the country with room makeovers on Veterans Day. Local stores in FL, SC, TN, TX, MI, VA, GA, WV, OK, AL and CA used their ACORP funds to surprise a military family with any room(s) of their choice.

Many of the local Aaron’s General Managers went above and beyond and donated more than one room. "We are so excited to surprise these service men and women and thank them for their commitment to our country in this special way," said Aaron's Vice President of Marketing Andrea Freeman. "These veterans and their families have given so much through their service and Aaron's is proud to give back to these military families to thank them for their dedication."

Follow the links below to watch and read new coverage of the deliveries in Memphis, TNKingstree, SCBay City, MINorfolk, VA.

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AARON’S HOME OFFICE ASSOCIATES GIVE BACK TO ATLANTA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK

AUG 29, 2015

Aaron’s Home Office associates helped set up Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Healthy Soil, Healthy Community Festival on August 29, 2015. The festival is Atlanta’s first event celebrating soil as a primary source for building gardens and communities.

Attendees enjoyed locally grown food and drinks, shopped fall plants, and learned tips from local gardening experts and community organizations.

Karin – one of the Aaron’s volunteers – says that despite being sore from all the digging, it was fun day and great experience for everyone that participated.

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AARON’S GIVES BACK TO NEW ORLEANS ON 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF HURRICANE KATRINA

MAR 18, 2015

In remembrance of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, thousands of Aaron’s Managers dedicated Wednesday, March 18, 2015, as a day of service to the New Orleans communities in need.

More than 2,000 Aaron’s associates completed 15 outreach projects that included renovating the city’s only football stadium that is shared between 10 New Orleans schools. In addition, Aaron’s presented a check for $70,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, funds that were raised during a Company-wide associate campaign.

Watch the "Aaron's Gives" video to see the great work Aaron’s associates are doing throughout the country.

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Our Partnerships

Aaron’s is proud to support several national organizations and local organizations in Atlanta through sponsorships and in-kind donations. We support the following partners and many more youth serving organizations!

Boys and Girls Club Breakthrough ATL Home for the Holiday's First Things First Foundation Girls Inc

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Aaron’s Foundation, Inc. 400 Galleria Parkway, SE, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30339 aaronsfoundation@aarons.com

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This Quote does not constitute a lease agreement or a receipt of purchase. You must provide qualifying information to lease the merchandise and complete an approval process, which includes but is not limited to completing a Lease Order Form and providing a verified source of income, residence, and three references. Prior to receipt of the merchandise, accepted applicants must sign a Lease Agreement and other documentation, which contain additional terms. The transaction advertised is for a rental purchase agreement, lease purchase agreement, rent to own agreement, consumer rental purchase agreement, lease agreement with an option to purchase or lease where applicable. Ownership of leased merchandise is not acquired until you pay the Total Cost of Ownership for Term or you exercise an early purchase option. Ownership is optional. The Quote is valid through the end of the current month or shorter period specified for special promotional offers. Not all services and benefits available in all states. Some transactions may require an additional delivery fee. Not responsible to print or typographical errors. All merchandise is new, unless marked pre-leased or clearance. Prices, certain brands, and models may vary at some stores. Advertised savings compared to normal monthly lease rate over full term of lease agreement. Advertised savings and lease rates valid only at participating locations. Limited quantities available of some merchandise. No rainchecks on special promotional offers. MA & RI EPO = total cash price less 50% of lease portion of total initial payment and renewal payments made. Aaron’s requires a minimum lease period of 4 months and 15 days on all 12 month leases, 5 months on all 18 month leases, and 6 months on all 24 month leases in the following states: AK, CO, CT, DE, HI, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OK, OR, SC, VT, WY. Tax amounts are estimates and may vary. Group pricing may vary based on availability of individual items

 
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In-Store Pre-Leased Clearance applies to new rental purchase agreement, lease purchase agreement, consumer rental purchase agreement, rent to own agreement, lease agreement with an option to purchase, or lease where applicable.  Actual discount based on merchandise selected.  Merchandise varies by store. Advertised discount does not apply to retail purchase. August 14-19, 2017 at participating stores only.

*Transaction advertised is for a rental purchase agreement, lease purchase agreement, consumer rental purchase agreement, rent to own agreement, lease agreement with an option to purchase, or lease where applicable.  Ownership of leased/rental purchase merchandise not acquired until all required payments are made or early purchase option is exercised. Ownership is optional. Not all services and benefits or merchandise available in all states/provinces. Delivery fee may apply to cash purchase. Set-up does not include connection of gas or water. Merchandise selection, including prices, brands, and models, may vary at some stores and online. Merchandise advertised is new, unless marked pre-leased or clearance. Leasing online is not available in all areas or in Canada. Advertised savings based on total number of months to own. Advertised savings and lease payments valid only at participating stores while supplies last. Limited quantities available of some merchandise. No rainchecks on special promotional offers. MA & RI EPO = total cash price less 50% of lease portion of total initial payment and renewal payments made. In NC the final payment will be an amount greater than the normal monthly payment as stated in the lease agreement. Aaron's has no control over and cannot influence how credit bureaus treat information. Not responsible for typographical errors, or computer error, electronic or technical malfunctions or failures of any kind with promotions. Lawn mowers and Lawn tractors are excluded from Lifetime Reinstatement benefit. Some restrictions apply. 

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++For California residents - if you payout your merchandise within 90 days you will pay the cash price, plus tax and applicable fees (if any).

"No Credit Needed" does not mean or imply that no inquiry will be made of credit history or creditworthiness. It means that this is not a credit transaction. Aaron's may check credit history and creditworthiness, but no established credit history is necessary. Aaron's minimum lease requirements include, but are not limited to, a verified source of income, residence, and 3 references. Leasing online requires additional information.

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