The Home Depot Inc.

12/05/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/05/2018 09:05

12 Days of Giving with The Home Depot Foundation

December 05, 2018

Each year, The Home Depot Foundation works with local and national nonprofits to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans and those impacted by natural disasters.

As we enter the holiday season, we invite you to join us for 12 Days of Giving as we reflect and reminisce on 12 impactful projects from 2018.

  • WHO: Army veteran James Carpenter
  • OUR PARTNER: Top Dogg K9
  • ABOUT TOP DOGG K9: Top Dogg K9 is on a mission to help disabled veteran families. They hope to reduce the number of families that are impacted by suicide due to mental illness each year by rescuing, training and pairing K9s with veterans.
  • WHERE: The Home Depot Backyard - Atlanta
  • THE PROJECT: Home Depot associates came together to celebrate Veterans Day and construct therapeutic dog beds for veteran service dogs.
  • OUR WHY: After serving for six years in Afghanistan, James suffers from PTSD, depression, anxiety, night terrors, hearing loss and road rage. Top Dogg K9 paired James with a Weimaraner named Lily to help him live a happier and healthier life. Team Depot partnered with Top Dogg K9 to gradate Lily from the program and send James home with a therapeutic dog bed for Lily to rest in after a day of duty.

  • WHO: Army veterans Louie and Gloria Castillo
  • OUR PARTNER: Behr Paint
  • WHERE: Santa Ana, California
  • THE PROJECT: Behr Paint executives and Home Depot merchants came together to support a Team Depot project for a local veteran family.
  • OUR WHY: After three years in their home with two young children and Gloria's 80-year-old grandmother, the Castillo family was facing financial hardship. With the help of Team Depot, the family was given much needed home repairs and beautification to get them through this difficult time.

  • WHO: The Posadas Family
  • OUR PARTNER: Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles
  • ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Habitat LA works with volunteers, families and individuals, corporations, congregations and donors to tackle LA's critical housing issue. They are dedicated to making homeownership possible for low-income, hardworking families and individuals.
  • WHERE: Compton, California
  • THE PROJECT: Home Depot associates came together to build playhouses for local veteran families.
  • OUR WHY: Father, husband and Purple Heart recipient Paul is medically retired after serving 12 years in the Army. He was injured in combat from a roadside bomb that fractured his spine and vertebras, causing long-term nerve damage. Knowing his family's love for the outdoors, Team Depot worked with Habitat LA we to surprise his two-year-old son Elias with a custom playhouse covered in dinosaurs - raptors and t-rexes are his favorite after all.

  • WHO: Formerly Homeless Veterans in Florida
  • OUR PARTNERS: Volunteers of America of Florida & Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade
  • ABOUT VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA OF FLORIDA: Nationally, Volunteers of America touches the lives of more than 2.5 million people each year in over 400 communities across 46 states and Puerto Rico. Volunteers of America of Florida contributes by providing health services, housing, training, education and employment to their most in need residents.
  • ABOUT REBUILDING TOGETHER MIAMI-DADE: Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade repairs and modifies homes for Miami-Dade county's most vulnerable homeowners. Their efforts preserve affordable home-ownership, fight gentrification, stabilize communities and ensure the safety and health of residents.
  • WHERE: Miami
  • THE PROJECT: Together with these partners, Team Depot volunteers assembled 'Fresh Start' kits, picnic tables, benches and planters for veteran families across Florida.
  • OUR WHY: The 'Fresh Start' kits included necessities to empower veterans to change their lives and increase their chances at gaining and maintaining employment, housing and wellness. The picnic tables, benches and planters were also delivered to make their new house feel more like a home. To add a final personalized touch, each kit included a hand-written card from a Home Depot associate.

  • WHO: Chicago Veterans
  • OUR PARTNER: V.E.T. Service Dogs NFP
  • ABOUT V.E.T. SERVICE DOGS NFP: V.E.T. Service Dogs NFP teaches veterans and service dogs to create an everlasting bond to help veterans cope with PTSD and other military traumas.
  • WHERE: Chicago
  • THE PROJECT: The Home Depot's associate-led volunteer force worked with V.E.T. Service Dogs NFP to build therapeutic beds for their service dogs.
  • OUR WHY: V.E.T. Service Dogs NFP believes no veteran should ever be forgotten or abandoned. Team Depot partnered with them to build custom therapeutic dog beds for veterans' service dogs to provide necessary support after a day of duty.