Art Van to help St. Louis-area flooding victims

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As the St. Louis area prepares for what may be historic flooding from the Mississippi River this week, one Home Furnishings Association member is preparing to help residents recover.

Art Van Furniture is stepping up to help residents in St. Louis and neighboring communities who have already seen or are about to experience devastating damage from flooding. The company is extending its best pricing, the company’s employee family purchase pricing, to victims who incur damage. Support for the special pricing comes from the Art Van Furniture and Mattress Emergency Flooding Relief Program.  

Guests at Art Van Furniture’s showrooms in Fairview, Ill., and in O’Fallon, Affton, Richmond and Bridgeton, Mo., impacted by storms and floods can bring in photos of their damaged furniture and mattresses – or an insurance claim – to receive 40 percent off new furniture and mattresses. The one-time purchase offer requires store or sales manager approval and expires on Nov. 29.

Near record flooding

The Mississippi River is projected to soar to a crest of 46 feet in downtown St. Louis — 16 feet above flood stage — later this week, according to U.S. Geological Survey data.

At that height, the river would surpass all but one flood in the city’s history, trailing only the Great Flood of 1993 by about 3½ feet.

“We want to do all we can to assist families in and around St. Louis whose homes and furnishings have been damaged by flooding,” said Ron Boire, president and CEO of Art Van Furniture. “Art Van is committed to helping our guests repair and refurbish their homes.”

Helping in Michigan, too

It was a similar story in Michigan last month. When the waters of Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River spilled their banks, residents of metro Detroit had their lives turned upside down trying to clean up from the severe flooding. Today, 400 of those flood victims are sleeping easier, thanks to Art Van Furniture and Temper Sealy International.

The Midwest’s largest furniture and mattress retailer joined with the world’s largest bedding provider, donating $300,000 in new queen and twin mattresses to Dearborn Heights and metro Detroit residents hardest hit by the flooding in May.

“Art Van cares and always stands ready to help families in need,” Boire said. “Our commitment to our communities runs deep. When we saw homes and belongings being destroyed, we immediately joined forces with Tempur Sealy to be part of the solution.”

Four 53-foot Art Van Furniture semi-trucks, each filled with new Tempur Sealy mattresses, arrived at a community center in Dearborn Heights and at a church in Detroit Saturday morning. Art Van Furniture volunteers helped unload and distribute the mattresses to flood victims.   


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