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Empire Today, a home improvement and home furnishings retailer, joins Habitat for Humanity with a gift-in-kind partnership

ATLANTA, (July 6, 2010) – Habitat for Humanity International and Empire Today, LLC based in Northlake, Ill., announced today a gift-in-kind partnership providing carpet, flooring and window treatments in support of Habitat’s affordable-housing work in more than 35 major metropolitan markets across the United States.

“We are looking forward to providing our quality, name-brand products to assist Habitat for Humanity in its mission in revitalizing neighborhoods across the United States,” said Steve Silvers, chief executive officer for Empire Today. “This partnership further demonstrates Empire’s commitment to its customers and employees by giving back to the communities in which we service.”

Empire will provide name-brand carpet, hardwood, laminate, ceramic and vinyl flooring, and bath and shower liners for use in new home construction or for resale in Habitat for Humanity ReStores. Habitat ReStores sell reusable and surplus building materials to the public in support of Habitat’s work in communities. Empire will provide additional support to Habitat ReStores with donations of window treatments.

“Gift-in-kind support is vital to Habitat’s effort to build simple, decent, affordable housing,” said Mark Crozet, senior vice president of Development for Habitat for Humanity International. “This commitment from Empire Today will help a number of Habitat affiliates in 21 states reduce the costs associated with house construction. We are grateful to Empire Today for its generosity in making this wide variety of products available to Habitat affiliates and partner homeowners.”

About Empire Today
Empire Today® has been a leading provider of installed home improvements and home furnishings for more than 50 Years. Empire’s line of name-brand products includes: carpet, hard surface flooring and window treatments. The company provides next day installation and name-brand products to more than 35 major metropolitan areas in the United States. With more than one million customers, Empire is dedicated to customer satisfaction. For more information, call 800-588-2300™ or visit www.empiretoday.com

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org