AARON'S SPREADS HOLIDAY JOY WITH GIANT STOCKINGS STUFFED WITH TOYS

Aaron's this December gave away 1,435 giant stockings filled with toys and games to deserving families across the U.S.

The awarding of eight-foot stockings and toys was part of Aaron's "Big Blue Bow Event," a month-long frenzy of shopping deals and big-prize giveaways. The giant stockings are stuffed with presents, such as wiffle balls and bats, stuffed animals, toy trucks and cars, coloring games, sticker sets, kites, children's tool sets and frisbees.

(L to R) Aaron's General Manager Mark Yonemura, with California Grandmother Ophelia Blanchard, her daughter-in-law Sheila and two grandsons, proudly receive their giant stocking filled with toys. 

(L to R) Aaron's General Manager Mark Yonemura, with California Grandmother Ophelia Blanchard, her daughter-in-law Sheila and two grandsons, proudly receive their giant stocking filled with toys. 

Winning families were nominated by friends, co-workers or relatives from December 1-15. Nominators were asked to describe "why a deserving family could use a stocking full of toys this holiday," and entries were judged by Aaron's based on appropriateness to theme, enthusiasm, inspiration, broad appeal and message delivery.

Many of the winning entries made for heartwarming stories. A North Carolina woman was nominated by a neighbor because she has a special needs six-year-old grandson and "always helps people before taking care of herself." An Arkansas mother who recently moved from a domestic violence shelter needed "toys for her kids because they just moved with nothing," according to a friend who nominated her.

Another eight-foot stocking recipient was a Tennessee single mother who was praised by her landlord for never complaining about her difficult situation while raising her sons with "respect for all." And there was the nomination of a four-year-old boy from Ohio who was born after the death of his father and is now battling Huntington's disease. The nominator wrote: "I am putting his name in for the prize, knowing this would give him a better Christmas."

"Nothing is more fulfilling for Aaron's than providing joy to those most in need during the holiday season," said John Robinson, CEO of Aaron's, Inc. "We hope these stockings and toys will bring smiles to those who are struggling and especially deserving of some holiday cheer."

As part of the "Big Blue Bow Event" throughout December, Aaron's has been giving away prizes, promotions and incentives to continue its tradition of offering holiday shoppers great lease-to-own deals with flexible payment options, no credit needed and the opportunity to pay off early and save. In addition to the giant stockings, Aaron's will award a grand prize, a new blue 2017 Kia Forte EX with an Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of $25,810. No purchase is required and everyone can enter at a participating Aaron's store or online at www.Aarons.com/BigBlueBow through December 24, 2016.