A sea of orange was in Decatur when nearly 200 Home Depot employees descended on the VFW Post 4706 at 5362 Covington Highway in Decatur.
The facility, built in 1960, has been in disrepair for quite some time. The post serves about 230 members.
“When Home Depot put out the call that they were looking for a project to help veterans, we were very enthusiastic and knew we needed to take advantage of the opportunity,” said VFW Post 4706 Commander Harold Roberts.
“From repairing cracks, to redoing shrubbery, these volunteers are reaching out to a group of people who really needed help. And I love that they are so enthusiastic to help.”
The volunteers completed several projects on June 5 including painting the entire outside of the building, painting the bingo room, planting shrubbery and pruning shrubbery, building benches, watering plants, grinding stumps, replacing the uneven, rotting retaining wall adjacent to the flag pole, repairing fences, mowing the grass.
The Home Depot foundation deploys “Team Depot” volunteer crews, made up of associates, to work across the country and assist in the lives of veterans by repairing their homes and post facilities.
Representatives from Home Depot say that over a five-year period, Home Depot will invest $80 million for similar projects.
“We just want to show our appreciation to a brave group of people who have done so much for our country, protecting our freedoms and rights as citizens,” said Stephanie Smith, vice president of Inventory at Home Depot Corporate. “We were all happy to carpool here and do this today. One of the core values Home Depot was founded on is community service and today’s event represents that.”
Veterans use the post building for fun games of bingo, assisting homeless veterans and even hosting Chicago-style step classes, among other events and activities.
Purple Heart veteran Curtis Brown said all the veterans were very appreciative of all the hard work and repairs.
“I’ve been a member here for about three years and this is really something special. Everything looks so nice,” said Brown, who serves as the junior vice commander at the post. “When you receive a gift like this, you never forget it.”