Home Depot employees help repair American Legion Post
by Emily Adams
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SYLACAUGA – Employees from the local Home Depot, along with community members, volunteered their time Thursday to give new purpose to a building dedicated to area veterans.

The Home Depot Foundation awarded $11,100 in store credit to the American Legion Post 45 in December to fund interior and exterior upgrades to its building, located off West Fort Williams Street on Legion Avenue.

On Thursday, 25 volunteers, 14 of whom work at The Home Depot in Sylacauga, carried out those renovations, which included replacing the flooring, ceiling tiles and light fixtures throughout and installing new vanities and toilets in the bathrooms, as well as other improvements.

“Home Depot lives by the standards of doing the right thing, and this is the right thing to do for these people who have helped assure our freedoms,” said Home Depot Lead Generator Joe Hogan. “This project gets a lot of work done at once, and it also brings awareness to the various veterans’ organizations in town and allows them to use this as more of a civic building.”

Additional work to the post, which was last renovated in the 1940s, entails painting, roofing and woodwork that will be scheduled for another work day soon.

Jim Heigl, vice commander of the American Legion and president of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 945, previously expressed their gratefulness for the support from Home Depot.

“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 in December. “It’s a wonderful opportunity, and it has lifted our spirits and encouraged us to continue to strengthen our organization.”

The renovations are timed perfectly, as the Legion building will house several visiting sculptors in town for the Marble Festival that starts next week, Heigl said.
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