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Volunteers help make over Marines Taking Care of Kids facility

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(01/23/14) - There was a role reversal, Thursday, for an organization dedicated to helping children in Mid-Michigan. Volunteers teamed up to help them.

Paint, shelving, lighting and more - it's an extreme makeover for the Marines Taking Care of Kids facility.

The facility on Saginaw Street in Flint is home of the Genesee-Lapeer Toys for Tots collection and distribution center. Though toys are handed out in December and July, it's a year-round effort to make it happen.

"It's a facility that's all non-profit and this is a great way to give back to them so they can help the kids more," said Don Mandeville, of Home Depot.

More than 75 Home Depot employees are donating time on their day off to help transform this building. Together, the complete makeover will take just one day.

"Seeing what Home Depot is doing here today would of taken us five years to accomplish and they're going to accomplish this is a day," said Gary Stanley, of Genesee-Lapeer Toys for Tots.

Home Depot also donated $10,000 to make this happen. The money will help the organization better serve those in need.

"Home Depot, giving back is part of our core values, is helping military type organizations and this was a great organization for us to help in the city of Flint because with this we're actually doing two things, helping the marines and helping the kids in the local community," Mandeville said.

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