Arley Wholesale, Inc., a family-owned, third-generation wholesale supplier of tile and stone headquartered in Scranton, PA, recently made a major contribution of porcelain tile material to aid the crisis in Haiti.
According to David Lorency, president of Cleveland, Tenn.-based Operation Compassion-A Ministry of Blessing, “The tile donated from Arley Wholesale in Scranton was shipped directly to Haiti. It will be used in the rebuilding efforts and in particular to build clinics that will treat hundreds of people living outside the city of Port Au Prince. These clinics were determined to be most useful in the rural areas where most of the refugees have fled following last year’s devastating earthquake.”
“Because of the climate in Haiti,” says Lorency, “this tile can be used for flooring as well as walls, countertops and specialty items such as outdoor areas. This large amount of tile will be a tremendous help in the ongoing efforts of assisting earthquake survivors with vital infrastructure rebuilding. One clinic being is rebuilt at a time that will ensure medical care in the fight for their survival. We truly appreciate this contribution made to needy Haitians by Arley Wholesale Products.”
The actual amount of donated porcelain tile exceeded 250,000 square feet. “We have to realize that other people are not as fortunate as we are,” says Scott Levy, Arley Wholsale’s vice president of operations. “The tile and stone business has been good to our family-owned business for three generations. We always want to “give back” and help whenever we can. When we found out about Operation Compassion’s plans to rebuild Haiti, we jumped at the opportunity to be part of this benevolent cause.”
Officials at Arley Wholesale worked with both Operation Compassion and Mountain Resource Center relative to their contribution. Based in Nebo, W.Va., Mountain Resource Center is a non-profit corporation that matches the “under-resourced with the overstocked.” In particular, the organization works with companies that manufacture building materials, tools, supplies and related products.
“It was a good feeling to be able to work with these fine people and help in aiding a needy cause,” says Levy. “Our company will continue to play its part in ‘giving back’ whenever we can.”