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Orian Rugs turns 30, donates 30 rugs and 30 trees for local charity

Orian Rugs executives Paul Sullivan and  Jeff Hughes show off a rug displaying the faces of the company's Belgian founders.

Anderson, S.C. – As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, domestic area and accent rug manufacturer Orian Rugs last month donated 30 trees to Habitat for Humanity as well as 30 rugs to one of the school districts here.

The 30 trees are being given to the Anderson chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and will be distributed over time as houses are completed.

“We encourage all of our new homeowners to plant shade trees in their yards not only to look beautiful, but to conserve energy and help the planet,” said Libby Winkler, director. “But it can be difficult to ensure that they will follow through with that recommendation. With Orian’s generous donation, we will be able to provide trees for our homeowners free of charge. We are so thankful.”

Habit for Humanity’s eco efforts are in line with those of Orian, which last year launched its “Goin’ Green” campaign that called for the company’s 52-acre plant to reduce waste, conserve energy and educate employees about protecting the environment. That effort, the company said, is what inspired the donation of the trees to Habitat for Humanity.

“Anything we can do, large or small, to protect the environment is vital for our future,” said Wim de Pape, coo. “Incorporating oxygen-producing, shade-bearing trees into our lives is a small step that pays dividends for decades.”

Anderson County School District 5 is the recipient of the 30 rugs, most of which are being distributed as awards to commendable teachers and employees, said Superintendent Betty Bagley.

“Each year, outstanding teachers and staff throughout the district are honored in our Teacher and Employee of the Year awards,” she explained, noting that 18 teachers – one from each school – and five employees are nominated for these awards annually.

“Typically, we give a monetary award for this honor. But this year, budget cuts have made that impossible,” Bagley continued. “We plan to give each of them an Orian rug – a gift that will last a lifetime and serve as a constant reminder of their hard work and dedication.”

The remaining seven rugs, she said, will be used to furnish the future Hospitality House – a student-run Bed and Breakfast at the Hanna-Westside Extension Campus, which is slated to open during the 2009-2010 school year.

Students from the interior decorating classes will visit Orian’s showroom here to select rugs for use throughout the house.

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