Floor Trader Gulf Coast makes every effort to be community minded and to get our staff involved in community projects throughout the year. We believe in giving back to our community.
Campaign Every Summer
FLOOR TRADER HELPS HSSM & MOBILE SPCA BY COLLECTING
SUPPLIES AND RAISING FUNDS
Floor Trader asked the community to join them in their effort to help the Humane Society of South Mississippi & Mobile SPCA bring supplies and adopt animals, and the community answered with a loud roar.
During the month of June, the three locations gathered much needed supplies, cash donations from their vendors and gave out free adoption certificates to anyone who brought in a donation to the cause.
Each store hosted a pet adoption day where the shelters brought in pets of all shapes and sizes to be adopted into their new home. The supplies drive was a huge success, as 245 lbs of pet food, 247 lbs of kitty litter, 15 gallons of bleach, 2 gallons of shampoo, 7 lbs of treats and pounds and pounds of other supplies were collected. Five animals found new homes during the three adoption drives with the adoption fee being paid by the Floor Trader.
“We also reached out to our suppliers and vendors and asked them to support us in our cause and they flooded us with assistance. We raised $1,200 for the two shelters along with the supplies that the community brought in” said Vicki Rhodes Marketing Director for the Floor Trader. “We were overwhelmed with the support, and hope to be able to do this again next year with even more success. Especially with the recent events of the intake of large quantities of dogs in need, we are thrilled that we could help.”
The Floor Trader has locations in Gulfport, Gautier & Mobile and they often do community promotions in all three areas. To learn more about their involvement and future events, please visit their website at www.floortradergulfcoast.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/floortradergulfcoast.
Every November - December
Floor Trader Signs on for Toys for Tots
Floor Trader is asking the community to join their annual Toys for Tots campaign. Please bring a new un-wrapped toy to any one of their three locations,Gulfport, Gautier orMobile to donate to this year’s campaign.
“We participate in Toys for Tots every year, in fact it is one of our biggest community campaigns. Our employees and customers really get excited when they see the huge flooring crates filled with brand new toys for local children” said Vicki Rhodes, Marketing and Advertising Director for Floor Trader.
“We are a family owned local business and without community support, we couldn’t survive. We try to give back as much as we can, and our annual Toys for Tots campaign is something that we look forward to each year” said Rhodes.
On Going throughout the year
FLOOR TRADER HELPS LIFE SOUTH COMMUNITY BLOOD CENTER
Floor Trader is asking the community to join them in their blood drives being held in January to support LifeSouth Community Blood Center.
The Mobile Floor Trader will be hosting a blood drive on Friday, January 13th from 10am-4pm with a collection goal of 20 units of blood for the local hospitals. Every donor will also be entered into a drawing to win a free iPad II.
Donors can also sign up at our electronic sign-up site http://www1.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=floor_trader.
“January is a very tough month for blood collection, and we would like to do our part in helping the community. You never know when you or someone you love may need their services” said Lauren Rhodes-Braden, Social Marketing and Promotions director for Floor Trader and Rug Décor. “Our owners, Keith and Vicki Rhodes do a lot of community projects and this is something that they are really excited about” said Rhodes-Braden.
If you would like more information on how to donate to our blood drive, please email email@example.com or stop by our Floor Trader location on Schillinger Road. More information can also be obtained at www.facebook.com/floortradergulfcoast.
Local Volunteers Shave Their Heads to Support Childhood Cancer Research
Local St. Baldrick’s Foundation fundraiser event to raise money for life-saving research
(Gulfport, MS) / (July 23, 2012) – It takes a community to cure childhood cancer. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, will host one of its signature head-shaving events at Lynn Meadow’s Discovery Center on September 9, 2012 from 2-5pm where many volunteers will shave their heads in solidarity with kids with cancer and raise money for life-saving children’s cancer research.
There will be refreshments and Big Top Photobooth will be there to capture the event along with other entertainment.
Why all the shaved heads? Worldwide, more than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, and it remains the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States. With only 4 percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick’s Foundation grant funds are critical to continue the battle against this devastating disease.
“We need all kinds of fundraisers and volunteers, so if you are interested in making a difference in the community, please get in touch with us. You don’t have to shave your head to volunteer or raise funds.” Said Braden, one of the event coordinators. She and Mary Carnley Heidingsfelder along with their sponsors Healing Hands Chiorpractic of Gulfport and the Floor Trader of Gulfport, Gautier and Mobileare hosting this event in honor of Mary’s son, Evan who is currently undergoing treatment for Leukemia. “It’s so important that we have money for this research, it truly saves lives” said Braden.
If you would like more information on volunteering, fundraising or becoming a shavee for this event, please contact Lauren Braden at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the event fundraising site at http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/8972/2012
About the St. Baldrick’s Foundation
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. The Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. St. Baldrick's funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, a child’s best hope for a cure. Since the Foundation’s first grants as an independent charity in 2005, it has funded over $78 million in childhood cancer research. For more information about St. Baldrick’s, call 1.888.899.BALD or visit StBaldricks.org.
FLOOR TRADER HELPS AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
Floor Trader is asking the community to join them in their American Heart Association Campaign which will run through the end of February.
“We are very involved in the community and this year we decided to do a campaign to help support the American Heart Association” said Lauren Rhodes-Braden, Social Marketing and Promotions director for Floor Trader and Rug Décor. “Each of our stores are selling the AHA Hearts and we are also doing online fundraising to help with this cause” said Rhodes-Braden.
If you would like more information on how to donate or join the Floor Trader Heart Walk Team, please email email@example.com or stop by any of the three Floor Trader locations in Gulfport and Gautier, MS or Mobile, AL. More information can also be obtained at www.facebook.com/floortradergulfcoast.
Local Business Awards Ugly Floor Contestants with Free Floors
The Floor Trader of Gulfport and Gautier both awarded two deserving families with free flooring after they won the Floor Trader 2011 Ugly Floor contest.
Todd and Talena Pace of Pascagoula and Stephanie and Troy Cuevas of Gulfport were the two winners announced on October 6. They will receive $500 worth of free flooring of their choice for their homes. “We are very excited to get some new flooring, and are so grateful to the Floor Trader for this great opportunity,” says Talena Pace when she found out she and her husband had won.
The contest began in August and was promoted through Facebook and within the local stores. Contestants submitted up to five photos of their floors and asked their friends and family on Facebook to vote for their floors. The top five contestants with the most votes moved on to a judging panel where the winner was picked.
“This is the first time that we have ever run a contest like this, and the support and excitement that we received from our Facebook community was astounding. Contestants submitted over 48 photos from all over the Mississippi and Alabama coast,” said Lauren Braden, Social Marketing Director for the Floor Trader. “Because we had so many great contenders, we decided to choose two first place winners to receive free floors. We had such great success that we can’t wait to do another promotion like this and help deserving families locally.”
Local Business receives Business of the Quarter Award
The Floor Trader of Gulfport was honored on Thursday, September 29th with the Business of the Quarter award presented by the Orange Grove/Lyman Chamber of Commerce. The award was given for the Floor Trader’s outstanding service to the chamber and community.
“It is very important to us as a local small business to be involved in the community and with our chambers. It’s a great honor to be recognized by the Orange Grove/ Lyman chamber, and we look forward to helping the community in whatever way we can for many years to come,” said Vicki Rhodes, co-owner of Floor Trader. “Our business is successful because of community support, so we always find time to give back when and where we can.”
Keith and Vicki Rhodes are from Ocean Springs and are members of Rotary International, ASID, Homebuilder’s Association, and Chambers across theMississippigulf coast andMobile,AL.
Floor Trader has three locations, Gulfport, Gautier and Mobile and the business office is locally based in Ocean Springs. Floor Trader sells all types of flooring such as hardwood, laminate, vinyl, carpet, and tile. Area rugs are available at the Gulfport and Mobile locations. For more information, visit www.myfloortrader.com
Floor Trader Joins the Fight Against Breast Cancer in a National Campaign
Floor Trader is asking the community to join the fight against breast cancer and participate in an exciting Facebook campaign aimed at promoting disease prevention and awareness. Mohawk, the world’s largest flooring manufacturer and a leading supplier of Floor Trader flooring, is using Facebook to help raise
money for breast cancer research. For every new person who likes the Mohawk Facebook page during the month of October, Mohawk will donate $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® on that person’s behalf.
Not only will Mohawk donate $1 to Susan B. Komen for the Cure, but Floor Trader has decided to participate locally and will donate $1 for every new person who likes the Floor Trader Gulf Coast Facebook page.
“October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and we want to do our part,” explained Keith & Vicki Rhodes, owners of Floor Trader. “We’re a local business that cares about our customers and our community. Partnering with Mohawk just seemed like a fun way we could all work together and make a big difference in the fight against this terrible disease.”
Keith Rhodes says it’s rare to meet someone who hasn’t been touched by cancer in one way or another, and statistics show that’s no exaggeration.
According to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast cancer claims at least 40,000 lives annually in theU.S.More than 200,000 American women are diagnosed with the disease each year.
“These are our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and neighbors,” added Lauren Rhodes- Braden, Social Marketing Director. “With just a few clicks of a computer mouse, you can help us give these women a second chance at life. It really is that easy.”
If you would like Mohawk to donate $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure on your behalf, visit
www.Facebook.com/MohawkFlooring and “Like” the Mohawk Facebook page. Also, visit www.facebook.com/floortradergulfcoast to and “Like” the Floor Trader Facebook page to have another $1 donated by Floor Trader. Both campaigns end on Monday, Oct. 31.
Local Business receives Grant from Gulf Coast Chamber
December 13, 2011 (Gulfport, Miss) - The Floor Trader was honored on Wednesday, December 7th with a grant from the Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce. The grant was awarded to the Floor Trader based on their application which stressed a need for additional funds to help promote the new Area Rug Gallery by Rug Décor located inside the Floor Trader.
“It is very important to us as a local small business to be involved in the community and with our local chambers, and for them to award us this grant to help our business is phenomenal. We have already contacted other local businesses to help us with our advertising endeavors, and in fact, we have already purchased additional signage for the front of theGulfport store” said Vicki Rhodes, co-owner of Floor Trader. “Our business is successful because of community support, and this support from the Gulf Coast Chamber is outstanding. We are very grateful.”
Keith and Vicki Rhodes are from Ocean Springs and are members of Rotary International, ASID, Homebuilder’s Association, and Chambers across theMississippiGulfCoastandMobile,AL.
Floor Trader has three locations, Gulfport, Gautier and Mobile and the business office is locally based in Ocean Springs. Floor Trader sells all types of flooring such as hardwood, laminate, vinyl, carpet, and tile. Area Rug Galleries by Rug Décor are located inside the Gulfport and Mobile locations. For more information, visit www.floortradergulfcoast.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/floortradergulfcoast
Area Rug Contest
The Floor Trader ofGulfport is running a Bare Naked Flooring Contest, and the winner will receive a brand new Area Rug from Rug Décor located inside the Floor Trader locations inGulfport andMobile. Contestants can enter simply by submitting one photo of their room or patio which is in need of an area rug along with name, address, phone number and a paragraph about why you should win firstname.lastname@example.org.
The photos will then be posted on Floor Trader Gulf Coast Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FloorTraderGulfCoast ) for voting. Facebook Fans can vote by clicking “like” on the photo(s) of their choice. The contest runs from March 12-30th, and the winner will be announced on April 2nd . For more information, rules and entry submission, please email email@example.com.
“We had a great time running our ‘Ugly Floor Contest’ last year and wanted to do something for the spring” said Vicki Rhodes, co-owner of Floor Trader. “With spring arriving, people are cleaning out their homes and making their outside patios ready to enjoy this nice weather. We want to give away an area rug or indoor/outdoor rug to help someone complete their look.”
Floor Trader is locally owned by Keith and Vicki Rhodesof Ocean Springs. They have three locations which include Gulfport&Gautier, MS& Mobile, AL. Floor Trader is a flooring retail store that specializes in hardwood, laminate, tile, carpet and vinyl at in-stock pricing and at-cost installation. The Gulfportand Mobile Floor Trader locations also have Area Rug Galleries by Rug Décor. Please visit www.myfloortrader.com for more information on the Floor Trader and the Area Rug Gallery by Rug Décor.
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month