Philanthropy

How to Be a Holiday Hero

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As your family’s holiday hero, it can be easy to get caught up in — and overwhelmed by — your holiday to-do list. Take a few moments to rediscover with the spirit of the season by doing a few simple things to make life easier for others.

Your “kindness list” doesn’t have to cost a penny, and it will spread holiday cheer faster than Santa’s sleigh. Not only will you delight those you help, but you’ll also feel less stressed knowing you’ve brightened someone’s day.

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Rent-A-Center Raises $50,000 to Feed Hungry Americans

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It’s always been a mission of Rent-A-Center to help raise money for hungry Americans, but this year, RAC took it from a local level to a national level by partnering with the nonprofit organization Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in the country. And, like peanut butter and jelly, it was a winning match: RAC raised $50,000 through its annual Fill the Fridge campaign, all of which benefits Feeding America food banks nationwide.

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9 New Ways to Give This Holiday Season

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Following the infamous shopping frenzies of Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, a global day of charity fueled by the power of social media to kick off the season of giving. Many of us focus on end-of-year donations during the holidays, with gifts that support education, healthcare, kids, hunger initiatives, disaster relief, animals, churches, and more.

Here, we’ve compiled some new ideas to inspire your giving based on your passions, during the holidays or any time. Because philanthropy is a year-round endeavor.

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Rent-A-Center Encourages Volunteerism With a Day at Frisco Food Pantry

Forty Rent-A-Center employees recently devoted six volunteer hours to Frisco Family Services food pantry. In teams of three, the group took inventory of the entire food pantry.

This is just one of many charitable efforts encouraged by RAC. In May, the company held a month-long fundraiser for the North Texas Food Bank dubbed “RAC Around the Clock to Stop Hunger.”

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Rent-A-Center Surprises Single Mom with Furniture and Appliances

A single mom in North Texas recently got the surprise of her life thanks to Rent-A-Center. Leilani Ferguson, 37, received a kitchen, living room, and laundry room makeover, courtesy of the nation’s largest rent-to-own operator.

Ferguson was chosen to receive new LG appliances and Ashley Furniture by Frisco Family Services, a nonprofit that helps families faced with hunger, abuse, and homelessness become self-sufficient, thriving members of the community.

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Rent-A-Center Awards $60,000 in Scholarships to 60 U.S. Students

Rent-A-Center has awarded $60,000 in scholarships to 60 high school and undergraduate students across the country, as part of the Make-A-Difference Scholarship Program. Twenty recipients were coworker dependents, while the remaining 40 were either customers of Rent-A-Center or their children.

Scholarships were awarded based on a number of factors, including academic and non-academic accomplishments, community activities, work experience, and educational and career goals. There were 250 applications.

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Rent-A-Center Gives Back

Rent-A-Center Employees Donate Toys to Give-A-Gift

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County in Texas is on a mission to provide safety, healing and justice for children across the community who are victimized by abuse or neglect. They work in collaboration with law enforcement and Child Protective Services to help more 3,300 children and their families each year, free of charge.

During the holidays, the Children’s Advocacy Center works with the community to provide hundreds of holiday gifts to these abused and neglected children. Through our Give-A-Gift campaign, Rent-A-Center coworkers were able to spread some of our holiday cheer by donating over $1,000 in cash and piling hundreds more presents under our tree. We’re honored to be able to partner with CACCC and bring holiday happiness to children and families across our community.