Building for America’s Bravest
On Monday, April 20, 2015, at 10 A.M., FDNY First Responder Pete Velloza will be visiting Anderson Carpet One to present us with gift from the Tunnel to Towers Organization in appreciation for our participation in the Building for America’s Bravest Campaign. Pete will be talking about the program that is designed to help America’s severely disabled Veterans. Everyone is invited to attend. We will be serving coffee, juice, and donuts.
On September 11, 2001, off duty New York Fire Fighter Stephen Siller, 34, was caught in traffic outside the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. He donned his full fire fighters gear and ran on foot through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center Towers to join his fellow New York Fire Fighters in the rescue efforts. Stephen Siller died that day saving others. He left behind a wife and five children. To honor Stephen, his brothers created the Tunnel to Towers Organization. They sponsored an annual run retracing Stephens run. The first year there were 2,000 participants. Now there almost 30,000 and runs are being held in many cities around the country.
Carpet One members are going a step farther. The 1,000 Carpet One stores are asking their customers if they would like add $10 to their purchases to donate to the Building for America’s Bravest program. Many Carpet One members, including Anderson Carpet One, are going to match our customers’ donations. As a way of thanking Carpet One, FDNY First Responders are visiting Carpet One stores around the nation and presenting them with a shadow box containing a piece of steel from the World Trade Center Towers and talking about the Building for America’s Bravest. This honor is an especially important one to owner Stephen Anderson and the Anderson Carpet One family, as several past and present employees were members of the US Military and law enforcement communities. The newest member of the Anderson Carpet One team, Ashley Anderson Wilson, joined her family business in May 2014 after serving as the Executive Director of the Joint Regional Intelligence Center in Los Angeles, one of the nation’s fusion centers (a post-9/11 collaboration between federal, state, and local law enforcement and public safety agencies). We want to give Mr. Velloza a warm Sussex County welcome and we invite you to join us.
For more information on Building for America’s Bravest, visit www.https://ourbravest.org.