WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Home Depot Foundation worked in Wilmington Wednesday to ensure veterans in the area have a safe place to call home.
More than 50 volunteers from the organization renovated the Sgt. Eugene Ashley Memorial Center. Right now, it provides transitional housing and support services to 23 homeless veterans.
To ensure that they get the best care, Team Depot updated the building's floors, repainted the walls and replaced appliances in the kitchen.
"It's going to elevate the standard of living inside the facilities here," said Team Depot Captain Dean Moss. "The heart of this mission is to eliminate homelessness…There are over 1.4 million veterans that are homeless in America right now, and we're working on getting that number down."
The work is part of the third annual "Celebration of Service" campaign. It runs each fall between September 11 and Veterans Day.
According to The Home Depot Foundation, they have committed $80 million over five years to improve the homes of U.S. military veterans through financial and volunteer resources. Each volunteer project is designed to address the unique needs of our nation's heroes including retrofitting homes for wheelchair-bound veterans; creating an outdoor oasis for veteran families to enjoy together; providing necessary repairs to transitional housing facilities; and much more.
Moss says this effort is close to the hearts of Home Depot's employees because veterans make up 10% of their work force.
"It's just great, you know, that we are a part of it because almost everybody has a member in their family who's a vet. So, this is one way we can touch a lot of people as a company, and it gives me great pride to do that," Moss said.
The volunteers that worked in Wilmington came from Home Depot stores from Murrels Inlet up to Jacksonville. They are just a small portion of the more than 9,000 Home Depot associates working across the country to support our nation's heroes.
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