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FLEMINGTON -Â Flooring retailerÂ The Rug Mart Carpet One Floor & Home continues to support the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towersâ Building for Americaâs Bravest program in its effort to build specially-adapted âsmart homesâ for catastrophically injured service members. Building for Americaâs Bravest was developed with the goal of offering Americaâs returning heroes the opportunity to live better, more independent lives.
Each âsmart homeâ is built to be energy efficient, automated and easily accessible, with customized features to suit the needs of the individual recipient. For three years, Carpet One Floor & Home has provided the flooring installation for every âsmart homeâ built, while partner company Mohawk Industries has provided the floors.
âIn partnering with Carpet One Floor & Home, we knew that weâd be supported by passionate, local business owners with the knowledge and experience necessary to produce beautiful, quality floors suited to the needs of each individual,â saidÂ Frank Siller chairman and CEO of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. âTheir efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of many heroes over the last three years.â
Across the nation, Carpet One Floor & Home stores have come together with other local businesses to help build âsmart homesâ for catastrophically-injured heroes returning home to their communities. To date, the company has provided the flooring and installation for 26 âsmart homes,â with fiveÂ currently in progress. Together with Mohawk, their three-year commitment to the construction of âsmart homesâ will total $2.3 million dollars in contributions.
âPartnering with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its Building for Americaâs Bravest program has been a privilege,â saidÂ Carpet One Floor & Home Co-CEO Howard Brodsky. âWatching Carpet One Floor & Home stores and their local communities come together to support these worthy individuals has been one of the most rewarding endeavors our company has experienced.â
In addition to hands-on support, the flooring retailer continues to raise funds and awareness at the local level through in-store initiatives, and at the national level through public relations and marketing efforts. Most recently, Carpet One Floor & Home participated in the 15th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk in New York City, raising over $100,000 for Tunnel to Towersâ mission, which is to honor and support first responders and the military.
Customers are also offered the opportunity to support the worthy cause, with donations of any denomination welcomed at local Carpet One Floor & Home stores across the nation.
âSupporting Building For Americaâs Bravest has been a gratifying experience,â saidÂ Terry Ownes of The Rug Mart Carpet One Floor & Home. âOur contributions are making a difference in the daily lives of our Nation’s heroes, and for us, that feels like the ultimate way to thank them for their sacrifice.â
Learn more about the veterans and service members Tunnel to Towersâ Building for Americaâs Bravest program supports, and keep up with the latest âsmart homeâ completions, by visiting the Carpet One Cares blog. For more information on Carpet One Floor & Homeâs partnership with Tunnel to Towers and its Building for Americaâs Bravest program, visit CarpetOne.com/our-bravest.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named in honor of FDNY 9/11 fallen firefighter Stephen Siller, and best known for its annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk in New York City.
For more information visit therugmartcarpetoneflemington.com and www.tunnel2towers.org.