2017 Pay it Forward Season
In 2017 the PFS Family decided to approach our Pay it Forward Season in a different way. After the devastating effects of hurricane Harvey we felt an overwhelming need to help as many people as we could in two of our home states, Texas and Louisiana, that incurred tragic losses. We were able to assist many families and individuals in rebuilding their homes and lives in the aftermath of Harvey.
We were blessed to receive an outpouring of requests from manufacturer partners and friends that heard what we were doing and wanted to help, they very generously donated to allow us to help many more families than we would have been able to on our own.
Meals on Wheels: Delivers daily hot meals to the elderly, disabled and homebound in the Greater Austin area. http://mealsonwheelscentraltexas.org
Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Children’s Hospital Colorado at Briargate: Our team took their wish list & all went shopping together! http://www.childrenscolorado.org/your-visit/locations/colorado-springs-locations
Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support: The shelter helps women & children who have experienced domestic violence & abusive situations a path to lead an independent and safe life. http://www.genesisshelter.org/
Eaton Senior Communities Foundation: Our team sponsored low income seniors a Christmas & helped to pay for medications and additional needs. http://www.eatonsenior.org/foundation/ They also assisted a family whose baby was born 5 month premature & is now home after hospitalization for the first year of his life.
Fort Worth, Texas
Impact Kidz Ministries: This is a Backpack Feeding Program that provides children from low income families with food to take home to eat on the weekend when the government funded free/reduced breakfast & lunch are not available to them. http://impactkidz.org/
Home Office-Fort Worth, Texas
SafeHaven of Tarrant County-Provides safety, shelter, support and independence for women and children fleeing the horrors of domestic violence and the ability to escape the cycle of abuse. http://www.safehaventc.org/
Texas LOOD Task Force:
Provides immediate care to first responders who have been injured in the line of duty and to the families of those who have died in the line of duty. http://www.texasloddtaskforce.com/
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Families never receive a bill from St Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food “because all a family should worry about is helping their child live”. https://www.stjude.org/ Spring Baptist Church: Our Team also fed adopted families in need breakfast & presented them with gifts they purchased.
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Assisting an individual with Cystic Fibrosis & her family who is at Duke University in NC preparing for a lung transplant.
The Mary Claire Project: Provides support and guidance to families who have miscarriages including funeral assistance, caskets and sometimes cost free burials. http://www.maryclaireproject.com/
Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley: Serving Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy counties. http://www.foodbankrgv.com/
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Tenaciously Teal: Supports cancer fighters & their families throughout cancer treatment by providing encouragement, Cancer Care Packs, Gas/Grocery Cards & throwing private concierge-style Brave Shave parties & Empowerment Shoots. http://www.tteal.org/ The Oklahoma Christian Food Truck Coalition: Provides a program to feed homeless & people in need of food. http://www.oklahomachristianfoodtruckcoalition.com/
Little Rock, Arkansas
Toys for Tots: They collect new, unwrapped toys, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. http://www.toysfortots.org/
San Antonio, Texas
Construct a Kids Christmas: Supports CASA, Child Advocates of San Antonio, providing children in Children come into State care not by their own fault but because of the acts and/or negligence of their parents and caregivers with Christmas Gifts. http://www.asasanantonio.org/index.php/construct-a-kids-christmas-gala http://www.casa-satx.org/about/who-we-are Magdalena House: A transitional home that serves mothers & their children who have fled dangerous & abusive lives, by providing a safe and nurturing transformational home. http://www.maghouse.org/
Volunteers of America: Assists wounded & homeless veterans with emergency shelters & then provide assistance with transitional & permanent housing. http://www.voanorthla.org/
Salt Lake City, Utah
The Family Support Center: Providing assistance & items for families that are in need of temporary shelter, our team took their wish list & all went shopping together! http://www.familysupportcenter.org/ Helping Kids With Cancer: Donation for items to help family’s needs when given the bad news of cancer in their young ones & purchased blankets for children undergoing treatment.
Common Ground Food Bank: Our team donated their funds & will once again this year will donate their time to assist in the operations, last year their donation helped to purchase a walk in freezer and now they can offer frozen items such as meat, poultry and vegetables. They now feed an average of 500 families every week.
James “Jim” Lee, the founder of Professional Flooring Supply passed away at his home in Granbury Texas on December 9, 2016 at the age of 84.
Jim opened PFS in March of 1977 in Fort Worth Texas. He had spent his entire life in the floor covering industry beginning his career in the 1950’s in distribution at William Volker and Company, he opened and later sold a retail carpet store in Dallas , moving on to sales and management positions in several flooring related manufacturers including WF Taylor, Silvers Industries and Roberts Consolidated Industries.
Jim served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Floorcovering Distributors as President. He helped organize and develop the Floor Installation Association of North America as President and Director for ten years organizing programs as well as annual conventions, this after his retirement from PFS. Jim served his church, First Presbyterian in Granbury Texas in several volunteer capacities including Elder. He was a Master Mason and Shriner.
Survived by his wife Fran, his two sons Mark and Dan, two daughters Lisalee and Hallie, eleven Grandchildren and ten Great Grandchildren. His drive, integrity and persistence were paramount to the growth and success of the company he nurtured. Jim loved people and developed strong relationships with his customers, his employees, colleagues and manufacturers. Jim had a natural gift to make you feel welcome, appreciated, and at home when you were with him. His influence continues beyond his passing as the third generation of the family he raised strives to build on his legacy with a sincere desire to honor his life’s work
2016 - XL North Case Study
Flooring Services Inc. recently installed roughly 18,000 SF of quality LVP in a very large university book store. The customer was acutely aware that both the environment of the area and the traffic volume would be worthy of applying a “sacrificial” acrylic coating to the floor. Jason Rowley, Account Manager with Flooring Services, turned to his local distributor rep, Jim Roe with Professional Flooring Supply, for help with a product. They chose XL Matte. When asked why they landed on our product Jason notes, “We wanted matte to keep the natural look of the LVP, but also wanted durability. Having a finish infused with InterSept (an EPA registered anti-microbial) is a bonus.”
Purchasing and applying the product couldn’t have been easier. Jason states, “The process was seamless. PFS had the product in stock. My guys gave the floor a good initial clean and then applied X coats of XL Matte. It went down without a hitch. None of the streaking that you sometimes find with other matte finishes, and it dried quickly.”
The final result? Jason couldn’t be more pleased because Flooring Services exceeded the customer’s expectations. “At the end of the day when the customer is happy, everyone is happy.”
To find out more about Flooring Services Inc., please contact Jason at 801-631-8382.
Pay it Forward 2015
The PFS Austin Team Paid it Forward by donating to the United Way Disaster Recovery Fund. With the flooding that took place in their area at the end of 2015 Team Austin felt that the United Way was the perfect partner. The Disaster Recovery Fund is dedicated to assist the victims of the floods.
The Colorado Springs Team donated to The Crawford House. This organization is a small local transitional home for Veterans who are having trouble returning to civilian life and are either homeless or are in imminent danger of becoming homeless. At The Crawford House the Veterans are given shelter, food, clothing and assistance in finding employment and alternative housing.
PFS Dallas chose Voice of Hope Ministries to donate to in 2015. Voice of Hope Ministries is a Christian community center founded on principles of self-help, spiritual enrichment and urban renewal. Voice of Hope Ministries exists to provide children living in the neighborhoods of west Dallas with strong character models, educational support, life skills and family support services needed to become product Christian citizens.
Professional Flooring Supply Denver donated to Judon Montoy and Craig Hospital. Judon recently had a long boarding accident where he suffered a traumatic brain injury. He was inpatient at Craig Hospital for 6 weeks and has recently gone home and now goes to Craig for outpatient rehab several times a week. He will also need in home rehabilitation. Our Team’s Pay it Forward donation will help Judon and his family pay for upgrades to their residence and to pay for some of the cost of his rehabilitation.
Craig Hospital is a world class rehabilitation hospital in Englewood, CO. Through a specialized approach and deeply committed team Craig Hospital has helped rebuild the lives of nearly 29,000 patients from all 50 states and several foreign countries.
Team Fort Worth “Paid it Forward” by donating to Impact Kidz in Crowley Texas. Impact Kidz is an organization that is focused on providing basic necessities including food to children in their area that would not otherwise have access to. The Team delivered their donation during the weekly food packing session. They were incredibly grateful for the donation from PFS. Impact Kidz has been trying to expand and include more kids and other schools. The PFS contribution will fully fund 40 students' meals for an entire year. Not only will this gift influence our community in 2016, but the impact on these children and their parents will last a lifetime.
The Home Office Team donated to The Christian Center in Fort Worth and to the Ahern Family.
Micah Ahern has Ganglioneuroblastoma cancer. He has undergone 3 surgeries in the past year and is under continual medical care including chemotherapy radiation, stem cell infusions and bone marrow transplants among many other procedures to monitor tumors and cancer cells. Micah’s family has relocated from China, to Florida, and finally to Arlington TX in the last year. Micah receives his medical treatment from Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.
The Christian Center held a Christmas celebration and feed over 1200 meals and gave out over 900 toys to needy families in the community!
The Houston Team choose two causes to donate to in 2015; The Giving Tree and Shriners Hospital. The Giving Tree focuses on giving to those in need around Christmas and ensuring children are given a Christmas to remember.
The Shriners Hospital: “We are committed to providing the best care for children in our specialty areas of Orthopedics, Burn Care, Spinal Cord Injury and Cleft Lip and Palate, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.” The importance of donating to a hospital like The Shriners is staggering. The hospital runs almost fully on donations and helps thousands of children each year in the Houston area alone.
The Idaho Falls Team donated to the Idaho Foster and Adoptive Parent Association. The IDFAPA is a statewide, nonprofit organization that provides needed support both financially and emotionally for foster and adoptive families throughout the State of Idaho.
Team Little Rock purchased gift cards to be donated to Veterans in local Nursing Home and Assisted Living Environments through Chenal Civitan Club. Individual needs were taken into consideration while purchasing and delivering these gift cards to the men and women who so selflessly served out nation.
PFS Lubbock met a family in 2014 with a young daughter with brain cancer, she underwent surgery to remove the tumor. Unfortunately, the surgeons were only able to remove half of the tumor leaving the young girl with few options. Team Lubbock is hopeful that their contribution will help the family pay the many medical bills that are continuing to build for this family.
Team McAllen donated to a local family who has faced more than their fair share of trials. The Vazquez family was led by a single mother and 7 children. Ms. Vazquez was diagnosed with terminal cancer in September of 2015. She prepared her children for her passing and died in October. Her oldest daughter, who is 21 years old, has taken charge of caring for her 4 teenage siblings. The McAllen Team felt that this family was more than deserving of a little support in such a challenging time.
The Oklahoma City Team chose two group to donate to; “Operation Elf” and The Folds of Honor Foundation. “Operation Elf” is a program run by OU Medical Children’s Hospital to ensure their patients are given a Merry Christmas. The Team went together to purchase toys and gifts to donate to this worthy cause.
Folds of Honor Foundation, is committed to the families of the armed services who have been wounded or killed while serving our great nation. We salute these heroic men and women, and have consequently established Folds of Honor Children's Scholarship Fund (CSF) to ensure no military family is left behind or forgotten. FHF through the Children's Scholarship Fund seeks to provide scholarships for Primary and Secondary Education (K through 12) for children of service members killed or 90 to 100 % disabled while serving in a combat zone in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) or Operation New Dawn (OND).
Salt Lake City:
PFS Salt Lake City donated to three different incredible organizations; Helping Kids with Cancer, The Crisis Center and The Burgan Family.
The Team went to Target to personally select items to donate to the Crisis Center so that the children at the center would be able to have a special Christmas. The Burgan Family’s youngest child was diagnosed with cancer and has recently undergone surgery to remove the tumor and has had positive feedback since the surgery. PFS SLC was hopeful that their donation to the family would alleviate a small portion of the financial burden they are currently feeling.
PFS San Antonio chose Construct A Kid’s Christmas to Pay it Forward to in 2015. Construct A Kid’s Christmas is an organization put together by a group of construction industry professionals to ensure that foster children in San Antonio will not be forgotten on Christmas. Each year the organization has a Gala which raises funds and items to be delivered to each of the foster children in the San Antonio area.
Team Shreveport donated to Providence House of Shreveport. This organization is a favorite of the team. “The singular aim of the program is to break the cycle of homelessness by helping families gain the resources necessary to move permanently to independent living. We think of our program as a hand up, rather than a hand out.” Providence House offers short term housing along with educational programs, child care, money management and life skills development.
The Tulsa Team donated and served at the Common Ground Food Pantry. This organization feeds hundreds of local families, our team was happy to donate their time one evening helping to feed a little over 200 families. With the donation from PFS Common Ground will be able to purchase a generator to get their refrigerator working to help feed the families in need.