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PERGO® and The Home Depot Thank Military Widows, Give Flooring Makeovers for the Holidays
Nov. 22, 2017 – In the season of giving, Pergo, the inventor of laminate flooring and one of the world's most recognized flooring brands, and The Home Depot, the largest home improvement retailer in the world, have teamed up with the American Widow Project, a national nonprofit supporting military widows, to thank two Atlanta women with flooring makeovers.

Erikka Mitchell, widow of U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Omoro Mitchell, used the gift to repay her sister for supporting the family since 2013. She chose Pergo Outlast+ Antique Cherry to replace their worn-out carpet.

“When Omor passed, my sister graciously took us in and used her savings to pay for the services,” said Mitchell. “Home repairs took a backseat while she supported us, so these beautiful floors are an incredible way for my son and me to say, ‘thanks for everything.’”

Mitchell then paid-it-forward to Kara Gardner, 10 years after U.S. Army Sgt. Freeman Gardner died in Iraq. Since 2007, Gardner has fronted costly home repairs while pursuing her Doctorate.

“Like most military widows, I've struggled to make decisions without my husband by my side or his full income,” said Gardner. “I’ve needed new floors for a while, but other things took priority. This is a dream come true – I’m excited to invite guests into my home again.”

Pergo laminate flooring is made from recycled wood and the highest quality materials that are safe for families and pets.

“When thanking our military, it’s important to recognize the service and sacrifice of their families, too,” said Mary Boland, senior manager of brand marketing for Pergo. “It is an honor and a privilege to support these women as they rebuild their lives, and we hope these home makeovers bring added joy to their holidays.”

Visit homedepot.com/pergo for the closest locations and flooring inspiration.

About Pergo
PERGO® invented laminate flooring over 35 years ago and continues to innovate beautiful, easy-to-install floors with superior surface wear and scratch protection. Today, the company is the largest U.S. laminate flooring manufacturer, a producer of premium hardwood floors and one of the world's most recognized and trusted flooring brands. Throughout North America, consumers can find Pergo products at leading home improvement stores and select retailers. Pergo is part of Mohawk Industries Inc. For more information, visit pergo.com.

About American Widow Project
The American Widow Project recognizes the sacrifices made by the families of our fallen and believes that no military widow should feel alone in her grief. Every military widow deserves the opportunity and tangible tools available to help rebuild her life. Because of that, the American Widow Project provides the vital peer-to-peer, emotional, and educational support necessary to maximize success, healing and hope for a brighter future.





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