Aaron's Extends Donations to NFL Players Making Dreams Come True for Single Moms: Tampa Bay Buccaneer Shelton Quarles Presents Surprised Nashville Woman With Complete House of Furniture

Nov 23, 2005

NASHVILLE, Nov. 23, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Aaron Rents, Inc. (NYSE:RNT), the nation's leader in the rental, sales and lease ownership, specialty retailing and rental of residential and office furniture, consumer electronics, home appliances and accessories, today announced another furniture donation made in conjunction with Homes for the Holidays, a charitable program founded by NFL player Warrick Dunn that provides deserving single mothers with a completely furnished home.

At today's event, Tampa Bay Linebacker Shelton Quarles surprised the hard-working mother by having her home completely furnished, accessorized and stocked with everything her family needs, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

According to President Ken Butler, "Aaron's is honored to participate in several worthwhile charities. But what makes this so unique is that out of more than 50 single mothers who have been helped by Homes for the Holidays nearly all are still in their homes. This is not a hand-out, but rather a help up for very deserving families. Homes for the Holidays is just one way Aaron's makes good on our slogan of making Dreams Come True."

Today's Homes for the Holidays recipient was Pamela Ann Harris of Nashville, a hard-working mother employed by Nashville General Hospital who struggled to pull her family out of Chapter 13 bankruptcy stemming from overwhelming medical bills. She was able to purchase this, her first home, with the help of Affordable Housing Resources, after being turned down by multiple banks for a home loan. However, Ms. Harris had no idea the home would be filled with furniture, appliances and electronics by Aaron's employees and then presented to her by Tampa Bay Bucs linebacker Shelton Quarles. Shelton selected Nashville for his Homes for the Holidays donation because it's the site of his college alma mater, Vanderbilt University.

Homes for the Holidays looks for deserving single mothers across the country and then helps them acquire a home and furnish it with everything their family needs, right down to a fully-stocked pantry. Since NFL player Warrick Dunn founded the charity in 1998, more than 50 families have been recipients of this program. Recently, The Sporting News designated Warrick Dunn as its 2005 Good Guy in pro sports, mainly for his charitable work helping single mothers acquire and outfit homes for their families. Aaron's has been involved with the program since 2002, and has filled all the furniture, appliance and electronic needs of Homes for the Holidays since that time.

Aaron's stores offer customers access to high quality furniture, appliances, electronics and computers for sale or as a lease-ownership arrangement. Customers have the option of buying their merchandise for an attractive cash price, or opting to lease their merchandise for even greater flexibility. With a lease option, customers make modest monthly payments and have the immediate use of the items they need without waiting for credit checks or other delays. Plus, Aaron's will take care of delivery, set-up, repairs and more for the duration of a customer's lease.

Aaron Rents, Inc. (NYSE:RNT) is a leader in the sale and lease ownership of residential furniture, consumer electronics and home appliances, now with over 1,150 Company-operated and franchised stores in 46 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. The Company also manufactures an exclusive line of furniture, bedding and accessories at 10 facilities in four states.

The Aaron Rents, Inc. logo is available at:

Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership
Mark A. Rudnick, Vice President, Marketing
(678) 402-3470
Sybil Elie, Homes for the Holidays Project Coordinator
(678) 402-3265