Lumber Liquidators Teams Up With ShelterBox USA

By Todd Fratzel on Safety

Lumber Liquidators Teams Up With ShelterBox USA to Provide Safety and Shelter to Natural Disaster Survivors

ShelterBox Day, Saturday, April 3, Offers Opportunity to Help Rebuild Lives While You Embark On Home Improvement Projects

TOANO, VIRGINIA (March 30, 2010) –For many, warmer weather means it’s time for spring-cleaning and home improvement projects. For others though, it can mean tornado and hurricane season. With this in mind, Lumber Liquidators, the largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in the U.S., is lending a hand to ShelterBox USA’s effort to provide shelter to families around the world who have had their homes and lives devastated by disaster.

On Saturday, April 3, 2010, Lumber Liquidators will be hosting ShelterBox Day at its 197 locations nationwide. On this day, Lumber Liquidators will be raising at least $100,000 for the organization by donating five percent of all new orders placed and 100 percent of the proceeds from purchases of Bellawood Hardwood Floor Cleaner and cleaning kits on ShelterBox Day.

“People need help long after the initial impact of a natural disaster to rebuild their lives,” said Tom Sullivan, founder and Chairman of Lumber Liquidators. “One ShelterBox can provide ten people long-term warmth, protection and even children’s activities for months.”

In addition, ShelterBox Response Teams will be on hand at select Lumber Liquidators locations on April 3 to demonstrate the ShelterBox kits in action. The boxes contain enough equipment for up to ten people, is waterproof, lightweight and easily transportable. Each kit typically includes:

  • One ten-person tent
  • Vinyl-insulated sleeping mats and lightweight thermal blankets
  • Water Purification Kit (provides water for a family of ten for up to two years)
  • Two 2.1-gallon, collapsible, plastic water carriers
  • Repellent-treated mosquito netting
  • Tool kit in canvas bag: Hammer, saw, pliers, rope and pincers
  • Cooking stove
  • Kitchenware set – pots, pans, bowls, plates and cups
  • Children’s activity kit
  • Rugged 48 gallon “ShelterBox” container

“The generous donation from Lumber Liquidators’ ShelterBox Day will help provide shelter, warmth and dignity for many survivors of natural disasters this spring and summer,” states Veronica Brandon Miller, executive director, ShelterBox USA.

About ShelterBox

Since its inception in 2000, ShelterBox ( has provided shelter and dignity to more than 750,000 people in 90 countries, bringing the organization to the forefront of international disaster relief. ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid. In many cases “ShelterBoxes” have made the difference between life and death. Each “ShelterBox” supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide.

About Lumber Liquidators

Lumber Liquidators is the largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in the United States. With 197 stores and 150 varieties of flooring, including solid and engineered hardwood, bamboo, cork and laminate, and featuring premier brands such as Bellawood (which features a 50-year warranty), Dream Home, Schön, Tranquility, Virginia Mill Works and Morning Star, Lumber Liquidators has one of the most extensive selections of prefinished and unfinished hardwood flooring in the industry.

While keeping costs down is part of the company’s philosophy, Lumber Liquidators is also committed to offering high-quality, name-brand products that it stands behind with confidence. All of its products—unless specified otherwise—are high-quality, graded to industry specifications and standard flooring lengths.

For additional information, visit or call 1.800.HARDWOOD.

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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