(10/09/12) - Their post was crumbling to pieces and the veterans had little money to make repairs. But a team of volunteers has stepped up to refurbish a Mid-Michigan VFW post.
To members of VFW Post 2777, it was a beautiful site. A team of volunteers from Home Depot arrived with all the equipment and supplies needed to fix up the building.
"The post needed a complete renovation," said Darrol Roat, VFW Post 2777 quartermaster.
The post is an important meeting place for many community organizations, but the building was in rough shape. When the veterans approached Home Depot and asked for help, the company jumped at the chance.
"We've spent today with over 100 volunteers to rehab or redo this VFW post to make life a little better for those who have served us," said Don Mandeville, Home Depot district manager.
Not only was a new coat of paint applied, but rotting wood was replaced, a new walkway was added and a fence was built. There was only $800 in the post's building fund, so there's no way the veterans could have afforded all this work.
"It would take a lot of pasties and a lot of fish fries to do this," Roat said.
One of the volunteers had spent four years in the Navy and was more than happy to help his fellow vets.
"We always like to give back to our community but to give back to our veterans is an extra special gift we have," said Mike Stanley of Bay City.
While the outside is being refurbished, you can't forget about the inside. Workers are painting just about every wall in the place. New ceiling tile is being installed and carpeting will be laid.
"When we get done, it's going to be as close to brand new as possible for this great cause," Mandeville said.
The vets were touched by all the improvements.
"It really is something that's really special to us and we're very, very grateful. Everybody in the post is very grateful," Roat said.
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