Home Depot volunteers repair veteran's home - WNEM TV 5

Home Depot volunteers repair veteran's home

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SWARTZ CREEK, MI (WNEM) -

Volunteers went to a Mid-Michigan home on Wednesday with paintbrushes in hand to give back to a man who served for the country.

The local veteran has trouble walking so crews installed a wheelchair ramp, among other projects.

For the volunteers it's one day of home improvement, but for Dave McLean it means a way in and out of his home.

"He uses a cane right now, he uses a walker too, so he really needs a ramp. This will help him in and out of his house so much easier," said Judy Custer, Team Depot captain.

McLean is a veteran and could use a lot of help fixing up his home, so Team Depot is doing the work for him.

"I think it's nice that they're doing stuff like this for veterans. You know, some of us give up parts of our lives, and some of them gave up their life," McLean said.

Painting decks, building a shed and landscaping are all things McLean said are a big answer to his prayers.

"It's just an awesome feeling being able to help veterans. It seems like so many need help and there are so many homeless veterans. And he was so humble, he didn't even want me to help him. So I said this is what we do and talked him into it because he had no way to get a ramp built," Custer said.

More than 70 volunteers came by to help fix up the home. They traveled distances from all the way in Bay City down to Port Huron. 

Team Depot estimated the amount of work done Wednesday would total $7,500 in equipment and labor. 

"Staining the deck, both decks for me. That's a big help because I was kind of wondering how I'd get that done," McLean said.

McLean said it's nice to have the company and excitement around the house and the gratitude he has goes far beyond paint and lumber.

"I can't fathom the words to express my appreciation," he said.

Team Depot does these projects for veterans often around Mid-Michigan. They work with the American Legion to nominate those who need it most.

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