This week, I am looking forward to the holidays and having some time to spend with family and friends. But, as I hear reports of 50% of the country being covered in snow and the flooding on the west coast, I can’t help but think about those who may not have a warm and safe place to celebrate this year.
I think especially about those who are most vulnerable: our senior citizens and our veterans, many of whom are disabled or have physical limitations of some kind. For seniors and veterans, many of whom are on fixed incomes, basic home repairs, even when absolutely necessary, are often beyond their reach. While we cuddle up in our warm beds and sit by the fire with our families, many of them are just trying to make ends meet.
Our store associates see these types of needs in their communities every day and partner with nonprofits to volunteer their time and skills to help. For instance, in Savannah, GA, hundreds of Team Depot volunteers renovated the home of a low-income senior couple; in Seattle, WA, 50 Team Depot volunteers weatherized a home for a disabled veteran; and in Kalamazoo, MI, dozens of Team Depot volunteers built a wheelchair ramp for a disabled senior.
As we reach the end of another successful year for the Foundation, I am struck by these projects and the other great things we have accomplished, but I often think about what more we can do. How we can make a greater impact on our communities? How can we really truly help our most vulnerable citizens? For the New Year, I hope to be able to do more. Will you resolve to join me in this effort?