SYLACAUGA –The Home Depot Foundation awarded $11,100 to American Legion Post 45 in Sylacauga this week.
The funds will be used to install a new roof and renovate the interior of the Legion’s Fort Williams Street building, including flooring, light fixtures, ceilings, siding, paint and landscaping.
Sylacauga’s Home Depot presented a check to the Legion at its meeting Tuesday night. Jim Heigl, vice commander of the American Legion and president of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 945, said they are grateful for the support.
“It means so much for a local business to take an interest, and they were really somewhat of a lifesaver for us, because our finances aren’t that great, so we’re glad to be able to add some value and use to the building,” Heigl said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity, and it has lifted our spirits and encouraged us to continue to strengthen our organization.”
Heigl thanked Legion finance officer Mike Pearson, City Councilman and Home Depot lead generator Joe Hogan and Home Depot store manager Neal Harris for their assistance in making the grant possible. Harris said Home Depot employees are proud to be part of a company that gives back to veterans.
“The Home Depot, founded in June 1979, was created with a mission statement that included giving back to our communities,” Harris said. “I can think of no other organization or group of individuals that are more deserving than those who have fought for our country so that we can enjoy the freedom and liberties of today.”
The company will also provide volunteer labor to complete the renovation through its “Team Depot” organization. Harris said “Team Depot” was founded as a way to enhance how the stores give back to their communities.
“It brings together volunteerism, do-it-yourself expertise, product donations and financial grants as a way to increase the capacity of local nonprofits and give back to the areas where associates live and work,” he said.
Home Depot has committed $50 million over the next three years for veterans facing hardships as they return to civilian life. The money will be used to repair and renovate their homes.
“My grandfather, Coolidge Harris, who served during World War II, would be proud to know that there is a company such as The Home Depot that cares so deeply about ensuring that current veterans will be taken care of,” Harris said.
Renovations to the Legion building should begin in January.
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