Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sears and Kmart Team Up with Rebuilding Together to Improve the Lives of Military Families at Home

DENVER — On Saturday, October 3, more than 24 volunteers from Rebuilding Together Metro Denver will team up with volunteers from Sears and Kmart stores to help renovate the home of Robert and Nellie Sims. The project is part of Heroes at Home(SM) a program that provides support to military service people, veterans and their families through joint efforts with various nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Sims was stationed in France for 3 years during the Korean War. Unbelievably, they had lived without hot water since October 2008, boiling water on the stove and carrying it to the bathroom to try and wash up.

After Rebuilding Together Metro Denver replaced the hot water heater Robert said "it will be a blessing to be able to take a bath or shower and not have the danger of carrying the hot water at our age and health."

They still had other plumbing repairs needed as well as handrails, grab bars and wall and ceiling patching and painting that will be addressed by the volunteer team on October 3rd.

Rebuilding Together, Sears and Kmart volunteers will replace the bathroom floor, kitchen sink and countertops, install safety features including grab bars and hand rails, and patch and paint walls and ceilings. Outside the home volunteers will replace downspouts, install an energy efficient front door, re-grade to keep water away from the home and paint the siding and trim.

Sears Holdings has raised nearly $7 million for Heroes at Home(SM) through 2009 via a nationwide in-store fund-raising campaign during the holidays. This is one of the hundreds of projects made possible by these donations. To date, Rebuilding Together has completed nearly 300 projects for veteran homeowners across the country.

"We are extremely excited and proud to team with Sears and Kmart to assist military families in our community," stated Laurie McCaw, CEO of Rebuilding Together Metro Denver.

Rebuilding Together Metro Denver continues to generate support for low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled, members of the military, veterans and their families by providing home repairs, improvements or modifications. To find out more about Rebuilding Together Metro Denver, how to refer a family or how you can help please visit their Web site.

Nothing like a little manual labor to support your community. This is an outstanding volunteer opportunity, it brings people together as a team to work for an immediate improvement in someone's life. Getting involved in a nonprofit is an excellent way to give back, but there's something particularly rewarding about a hard days work, especially when you can see the positive impact upon completion. Although you may not have a plethora of construction experience, with Rebuilding Together there are ample opportunities to participate, regardless of skill level. So, grab your hammer and go to town.

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