87-year-old blind veteran gets home remodeled - WNEM TV 5

87-year-old blind veteran gets home remodeled

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Gratitude is overflowing Tuesday after dozens of volunteers descended on a Mid-Michigan home.

They turned out to transform a Saginaw home into a safer place for a disabled Mid-Michigan veteran and his wife.  

An army of volunteers from 10 Home Depot stores across Mid-Michigan gave up their free time to transform Joe Camese's house into an outdoor oasis for him and his wife Dorothy.

Joe Camese is an 87-year-old Army vet who suffers from blindness.

"Right now our focus is to make sure that every veteran has a safe and happy place to call home," said Judy Custer, a Home Depot employee.

Leonard Smith was one of the volunteers helping out Tuesday. He's a veteran himself.

"I know I take pride in that and I definitely want to make sure that my fellow countrymen are taken care of," Smith said.

The main focus of the project was to build a deck so that Camese and his wife could safely enjoy their backyard. They've lived in the house for more than 20 years, but the crew also put up a fence, spruced up the house inside and out, and improved the landscaping.

Camese couldn't be present for the project, but his wife was, and she couldn't express her gratitude enough. 

"It's mind-boggling. I'm so thankful and I really almost don't know how to express the gratitude and the appreciation," she said.

The local United Way volunteers worked with Home Depot on the project.

Henrietta: "I think it's a wonderful thing that you have this group of people that are very, very loyal to giving back to their community," said Henrietta Watson, a United Way volunteer.

The project cost around $9,000. The Home Depot Foundation has pledged $80 million nationwide to help renovate veterans' homes over a five year period.

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