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NFL Player Kurt Warner Helps Aaron's Surprise Deserving Single Father With Furniture Donation

12/20/2006
Stunned Father Has Worked Tirelessly to Seek Better Life for Three Sons

PHOENIX, Dec. 20, 2006 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- 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 the donation of a complete home's worth of merchandise via the annual First Things First "Homes for the Holidays" program.

Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda teamed with Aaron's and Neighborhood Housing Services of Southwestern Maricopa County to select Sergio, a former gang member who fled his previous lifestyle so that his three sons could grow up in a more stable environment. Through Sergio's hard work he was able to clean up his credit, establish a budget and qualify to purchase a home, all while raising his sons as a single father. Sergio knew he was preparing to receive the keys to his new home, but he had no idea that home would be presented to him completely furnished.

"Like Sergio, I was a single parent struggling to make ends meet," Brenda Warner explained. "Kurt and I know how special it is to finally realize homeownership -- something that seems like an impossible dream."

"Becoming a homeowner is such an amazing accomplishment and we are thrilled to join Aaron's in rewarding Sergio's hard work," Kurt Warner added.

According to Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership President Ken Butler, the Homes for the Holidays program grows in scope each year. "This donation is noteworthy because while we have been involved with more than 60 home presentations to single-parent families, this marks the first time a single father has been selected. Aaron's is proud to play a role in honoring a person who has overcome so much adversity in his life and who is dedicated to making a better life for his three sons. Aaron's is all about making dreams come true, including the dream Brenda Warner spoke of -- home ownership."

About the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation

Established in 2001 as a 501(c)3 public charity, the Foundation is dedicated to impacting lives by promoting Christian values, sharing experiences and providing opportunities to encourage everyone that all things are possible when people seek to put "first things first." For additional info, visit www.kurtwarner.org.

About Aaron Rents, Inc.

Aaron Rents, Inc. (NYSE:RNT) based in Atlanta, currently has more than 1,290 Company-operated and franchised stores in 47 states and Canada for the rental and sale of residential and office furniture, consumer electronics and household appliances and accessories. The Company also manufactures furniture, bedding and accessories at 12 facilities in five states.

Aaron's stores offer customers access to high quality furniture, appliances, electronics and computers for sale or on 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.

About Homes for the Holidays

Homes for the Holidays was established by the Warrick Dunn Foundation in 1997 as a way to honor the life of his mother, Betty Smothers, a police officer and security guard, killed during a robbery attempt while working as an off-duty police officer in Baton Rouge. For more information on Homes for the Holidays or the Warrick Dunn Foundation visit www.warrickdunnfoundation.org.

CONTACT:
Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership
Michele Vance
913-205-8958
www.shopaarons.com

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