Hinks family, S.D. retailers, honored for helping kids
Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today, November 28, 2012
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Bill and Carolyn Hinks, owners of Sioux Falls-based Furniture Outlets USA and 16 Ashley Furniture HomeStores, were awarded the Assistance League National Operation School Bell Award for their significant financial and in-kind support of the Assistance League of Minneapolis- St. Paul.
Operation School Bell provides help to children in need. Assistance includes food, backpacks, clothing and enhanced classroom and reading programs. Last year, the organization's 120 chapters spent $13.8 million to help clothe more than 337,000 children.
For the past eight years, Ashley Furniture HomeStores have provided in-kind loading and transportation services to and from Operation School Bell distribution sites.
Bill and Carolyn Hinks are involved in local organizations including Children's Inn, Make- A-Wish and Sanford Children's Hospital, where the Bill and Carolyn Hinks Family Endowment for Children was established.
Standing with the Operation School Bell award are Ashley Furniture HomeStores employees Cory Price, left, Deb Tischler and Charles McGuire; store owners Carolyn and Bill Hinks; Cindy Stone, with Operation School Bell; and Marilyn Wooden and Michael Wooden, Ashley Furniture HomeStores.
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