On November 26, 2016, on SKAFF SAVE AND SHARE SATURDAY, we set out to accomplish three big things;
1. Create an exciting one day event where our customers could take advantage of excellent values on the best brand names of flooring and furniture, to help make their homes beautiful.
2. Provide an opportunity for our staff to work together to make the day into a milestone sales event.
3. Give back to our community by donating 15% of every sale to one of three local charities.
We are grateful to announce that our SAVE AND SHARE SATURDAY was a huge success on each count. As we said in our messages leading up to the day, “EVERYBODY WINS!”
We wanted thank all of you who supported us on this day, and announce that because of the success of the sale Skaff will be donating $33,000.00 to our three charity partners; Whaley Children’s Center, Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and Carriage Town Ministries.
One of our customers said it best: “The real reason we like to buy from a local company is that the money we spend stays in our community.” Our Save and Share Saturday was a literal expression of that philosophy. Our customers came in and got great deals on furniture and flooring, and in turn, we shared $33,000.00 with three excellent community charities.
Thanks again to everyone who made that possible.
Skaff Furniture Carpet One is supporting the national campaign to build homes for severely injured veterans. We will be raising money at our store and making a matching donation when our customers contribute to the cause. Here are some of the important aspects of the campaign:
• Building for America’s Bravest is building ‘Smart’ homes for catastrophically injured service members. Most of the candidates on the waiting list have lost both arms and legs. These homes will give the veteran their independence back by being self-sufficient in their daily lives.
• Building for America’s Bravest is a program of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which has raised millions of dollars for 911 survivor families, and is now focused on helping severely injured veterans regain their lives.
• Family owned Carpet One stores (like Skaff) across the country are raising money to help build ‘adaptive technology smart homes’ for injured veterans. The proceeds will go to building a Smart Home for our veterans.
• Mohawk Industries provides all of the flooring for the Smart Homes for free and Carpet One retailers across the country provide the installation at no charge.
• Customers can make a donation when they make a purchase from Skaff. We are suggesting $10.00 but of course any amount is welcome. They can include their donation in their payment to Skaff and we will forward the money to BFAB. The Foundation will send the customer a thank you letter and a receipt for their donation.
• Customers can make a donation without making a purchase by simply going to our showroom office and contributing the money.
• When our customers make a donation through the company, Skaff will match every donation dollar for dollar up to $50.00 per customer
Skaff Furniture Carpet One encourages our staff to be active in the community that supports us. One favorite activity is working at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Skaff volunteers meet regularly and sort and package food to be distributed to families in need in our community. It is just one of the ways that Skaff strives to make the place we work a positive influence.
Skaff donates more than $12,000.00 to local charities through Save and Share
Skaff, one of the most successful family-owned furniture and carpet stores in Michigan, found a way to thank the community for its long-time support by launching a new on-line program that was designed to give value to the customer and aid some local area charities.
The new initiative is called Save & Share.
Skaff customers could purchase the Save and Share gift certificates – worth$150.00- by spending only $50.00. Certificates were available on line for easy purchase, or customers could buy them in the store as well.
For every certificate purchased, Skaff donated $25.00 to one of three local charities, chosen by the customer. Charities participating in the Skaff Save & Share program included Carriage Town Ministries, The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and Whaley’s Children Center.
Customers got the benefit of getting $150.00 value for only $150.00. Certificates had no minimum, and could be used on any purchase in the store, including sale items, and special orders.
And three very hardworking charitable organizations benefitted as well. At the end of the program, Skaff donated over $12,500.00 to the three charities.
Not only do Skaff customers save money and take home great home furnishings, but they participated in a great program to improve things in our community.
$10,000 CHECK TO BE PRESENTED TO THE FOOD BANK OF EASTERN MICHIGAN
Skaff’s involvement in the community reaches in out in a variety of directions, but a key partner in making a difference in the area is the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Skaff employees regularly volunteer to pack food at the Food Bank and the company supports the organization in other ways as well. But the Skaff family wanted to do more.
“Skaff wanted to do something special for the people in our area in celebration of their 100th Anniversary,” said William E. Kerr, President at the Food Bank of Michigan. “So they approached us with the idea of donating to the food bank a portion of the proceeds from their furniture and carpet sales over the last two weeks in January. Needless to say, we were thrilled!”
At a special presentation Skaff presented the staff of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan with an oversized check for $10,000.00.
“Now, we want to complete the circle by thanking Skaff for sharing their success with us,” said Kerr. “It’s companies and organizations like Skaff that make our world better and our job so rewarding.”
The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan serves 22 counties with an active network of nearly 400 partner agencies that work daily to distribute food to hungry neighbors. With innovative programs like Kids Cafe and the Backpack program, food relief is offered to children in need, while the Senior Box Program reaches out with a monthly food box for low-income seniors. In 2010, the Food Bank distributed over 19.2 million pounds of food with a 6.3% in pounds distributed through partner agencies that consist of church pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and community centers.
The Skaff story began in Flint in 1911 when George Skaff started selling rugs from a cart in the streets of Flint. That marked the beginning of a company that over the next 100 years would become one of the most successful family-owned furniture and carpet stores in Michigan.
Today, Skaff offers all the best brand names in furniture and floor covering, including Lees, Bigelow, Stainmaster Carpet, Bruce Hardwood Floors, Lane, Flexsteel, Smith Brothers of Berne, Serta, Tempur-Pedic and more.
Skaff Lends A Helping Hand To Whaley Home For Children
The Whaley Home for Children has helped children in need for generations. The Whaley Optimist House has been an important residence for kids in transition, waiting to rejoin their families or find a new home.
When the people at Whaley needed help to remodel the Optimist House, the Skaff family stepped up and donated all the carpet, padding and installation for the six bedroom house. This is just one of the many ways that Skaff gives back to the community.