Manchester, N.H.—This year, in honor of Veterans Day and in lieu of the annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation 5K, Carpet One Floor & Home has organized a virtual 5K walk for local stores to participate within their own communities.
The virtual 5K walk encourages store owners and employees to explore local memorials, monuments and firehouses in their towns that they may not have had the chance to visit until this Veterans Day. Local stores are encouraged to take photos as they explore their community and to map their complete journey to share with the Carpet One community.
“It was great to be able to visit these forgotten places that I have driven past so many times and never had the opportunity to just stop and sit at,” said Theresa Fisher, senior vice president of visual merchandising and brand development for CCA Global Partners. “This is a way for us to bridge our commitment to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, using Veterans Day as a reason to honor our veterans but also honor those who lost their life.”
Along with the memorial walk, Carpet One Floor & Home has reached out to all of its employees and members to ask for donations to the Tunnels to Towers Foundation. The Tunnel to Towers foundation supports first responders and military through the foundation’s Smart Home program organization. This organization builds smart homes for the most catastrophically injured veterans.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Tunnel to Towers Foundation 5K Run & Walk in New York City was canceled. The annual run honors the sacrifice of Firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. The event also celebrates the lives of the 343 FDNY firefighters, 71 law enforcement officers and thousands of civilians who lost their lives that day. Last year, Carpet One Floor & Home’s 5K team was the top fundraiser for the run, raising $326,905 for the foundation.