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Rebuilding Together and Sears Renovate the Little Ferry Hook & Ladder Company After Hurricane Sandy Devastation



Rebuilding Together and Sears Renovate the Little Ferry Hook & Ladder Company
                      After Hurricane Sandy Devastation

PR Newswire

LITTLE FERRY, N.J., Feb. 26, 2013

LITTLE FERRY, N.J., Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rebuilding
Together, a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community
Starts at Home, Sears and its Heroes at Home program, several local
businesses, skilled trades persons, and local firefighters will join together
tomorrow in Bergen County to reveal the newly renovated Little Ferry Hook &
Ladder Company No. 1 station, which was devastated after Hurricane Sandy's
waters surged up to three feet in the firehouse.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090421/REBUILDINGLOGO)

The Little Ferry Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1, Main Street's bravest since 1921,
has dutifully protected its community for almost a century.  The devastation
from the hurricane made it very difficult for the firefighters to properly
serve the community.  After the storm surge, the entire building had to be
gutted. 

Rebuilding Together Bergen County brought together many volunteers, some of
whom were local firefighters, and rebuilt the interior of the Little Ferry
Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1, which involved electrical work, framing, tile,
sheetrock/painting, kitchen installation, and replacing two bathrooms.  Also,
volunteers from Rotary District 7490 and IBEW Local 164's electricians donated
hundreds of hours of service.    

With a generous donation from the Sears Heroes at Home program and the
dedication of the volunteers, the building will be re-opened and available for
media tours on Wednesday, February 27, 10 a.m. at the station located at 124
Main Street in Little Ferry. 

"We know that communities are still hurting from Super Storm Sandy," said Ron
Boire, executive vice president, chief merchandising officer and president,
Sears and Kmart Formats. "Alongside Rebuilding Together, we are committed to
helping communities return to a sense of normalcy in the coming months. It's
encouraging to see whole communities pitch in for the effort – we hope the
work we're contributing to will continue to inspire others to help."

Additional funding was received from Rotary District 7490; the Borough of
Little Ferry and the Little Ferry Volunteer Fire Department also pitched in to
make the renovations possible.

"Rebuilding Together is honored to work alongside our bravest men and women to
restore the Little Ferry Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 station," said John L.
Fiegel, interim president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "We appreciate the
generosity of Sears, not just in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, but as a
true partner who believes we can rebuild our communities, house by house,
block by block, community by community." 

"In addition to the tremendous financial and volunteer support from Sears and
Rebuilding Together Bergen County, The Little Ferry Hook and Ladder Co. No 1
also thanks the following companies that gave in-kind donations or significant
discounts for repairs, which made the restoration of the firehouse possible:
Egyed General Contracting for framing, drywall; Ulrich Kitchens; Kuiken
Brothers; Norton's Paint; Feldman Electric; OC Floor Gallery; Mohawk Tile;
and, Stone Surfaces; and, Creative Bath Sales," said Fire Chief John Ruff.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings
Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading broadline retailer providing
merchandise and related services and is part of SHOP YOUR WAY, a social
shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive
benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through
ShopYourWay.com.  Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise,
apparel and automotive products and services through more than 2,000
Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the United States and Canada, which
includes over 810 Full-line and more than 1,270 specialty stores in the U.S.
  Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through
sears.com, landsend.com, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers
consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and
Lands' End -- among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S.  The
company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 11
million service calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears,
Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at
www.searsholdings.com.

About Sears Heroes at Home

The Sears Heroes at Home program has helped hundreds of deserving military
families by raising more than $23 million to support the rebuilding of more
than 1,100 homes to-date. Heroes at Home addresses a critical need for an
alarming number of veterans who are struggling to make ends meet and who live
in substandard housing. Additional information is available at
www.sears.com/heroesathome

About Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes
Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility
modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community
centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the
individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and
communities across the country. Our nearly 200 local affiliates complete
10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of about 200,000
volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trade professionals and everyday
good citizens. Join us — visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.

About Rebuilding Together Bergen County:

Founded in 1998, Rebuilding Together Bergen County (RTBC) has provided
assistance to more than 250 low-income homeowners in 45 municipalities. Its
core home-repair work focuses on home safety, energy efficiency, and
accessibility for seniors, the disabled, veterans, and families with children.
In addition, RTBC renovates community centers and non-profit facilities that
serve similar populations. Since Super Storm Sandy, RTBC is also addressing
the needs of residents whose primary homes were damaged during the storm. For
more information, call 201-447-8886 or visit
http://www.rebuildingtogetherbergen.org/. 

SOURCE Rebuilding Together

Website: http://www.sears.com/
Website: http://www.rebuildingtogether.org/
Website: http://www.rebuildingtogetherbergen.org/
Contact: Lynn Buckingham, Lynn@RebuildingTogetherBergen.org, +1-201-447-8886
(o), +1-201-692-8282 (m), or Janice Walker, Rebuilding Together/JD Walker
Communications, LLC, +1-781-290-6528, jdwalker@jdwalkercommunications.com, or
Brian Hanover, Sears Holdings, +1-847-286-6080, brian.hanover@searshc.com
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