Last week I got the opportunity to help Team Depot with the most wonderful service project. Here I am with Frank Blake, CEO of The Home Depot. Stiggy’s Dogs were voted to win Aprons In Action on The Home Depot Facebook Page. That meant they were awarded $25,000—a small part of the $50 million commitment from The Home Depot to help Veterans programs. Team Depot is working all across the country to help improve the lives of those who have so valiantly served our country.
This is what Stiggy’s Dogs is all about, these men, these dogs, these families. The lady in the middle (yellow sweatshirt) is Donna, one of the dog trainers. She and I had a lengthy conversation about the things these wonderful service dogs do for these veterans. She had me in tears more than once. She must think I’m a sap!
You can read a lot more about the dogs and their veterans over at the Stiggy’s Dogs site. But in a nutshell, these four legged critters truly are man’s best friend.
The dogs are trained in everyday circumstances in addition to helping the veterans getting back to doing what they love, such as fishing.
Richard, the gentleman on the very left designed a sign in honor of this program, and one of our fallen heroes. Jen and her husband Joe have opened up their home to rescue dogs and veterans in need of help. Jen’s nephew HM3 Benjamin Phillip (“Doc Stiggy”) Castiglione was killed while serving our country:
He dedicated his life to preserving and improving the physical and emotional health of those serving in his unit, and all who serve. He gave his life working as a Corpsman in Helmand Province in Southern Afghanistan, taking care of “his Marines” until September 3rd 2009. HM3 Benjamin “Doc Stiggy” Castiglione, was respected by his Marines and known for his determination, professionalism mixed with sharp wit. To his family he is remembered for his caring nature, his love for family and dogs. This organization, in memory of Doc Stiggy will honor him by ‘Rescuing one to help rescue another.’
The home is old and in need of some updating and renovations to make it more accessible for the veterans. This is where the tidal wave of orange comes in. These folks that make up Team Depot are dedicated employees that volunteer in their free time to make a difference. Not only the employees, but a lot of their family members also participate.
There was a lot of work to be done inside and out. Most tasks that I saw being done came about very quickly. So many hands make light work. The front porch is the most noticeable project that neared completion in one day.
Jen was very moved by the generosity of The Home Depot and their orange tidal wave of Team Depot. (Jen, Donna, Sue, Jerry, Jess) Sue, Jerry, and Jess were the ladies that worked so tirelessly organizing everything.
Group photo of the bloggers, Jen, Donna, and a couple of the ladies who pulled this all together.
Lindsay, Traci (Beneath My Heart) Kierste (Brown Paper Packages) Dan (Military Avenue) Kris (The New Normal) Jen (Stiggy’s Dogs) Jamin (The Handmade Home) Stacy (Not Just a Housewife) Trisha (24/7 Moms) me Ashley (The Handmade Home)
Rachael (Lovely Crafty Home) Emily (Décor Chick) Diane (In My Own Style) Donna (trainer) Lori (Witty Little Secret) Katherine
If you want to see all the blogs at a glance, check out my board on Pinterest, Home Depot Celebration of Service Blogger Network.
I found Frank Blake, CEO of The Home Depot to be very approachable and friendly. We had a Q&A with him, but he asked us bloggers as many questions about what we do, as we asked about what he does. Bottom row-second from right is Gene Fleszar, of Team Depot Michigan. Many of the photos from this post were taken by Gene. Sooo many pictures of wonderful people giving of their time. Thank you Gene for sharing your pictures.
Many of us worked clearing/weeding the garden.
I helped these lovely ladies with staining a picnic table. Heidi works in HR, Kristine works in the paint department, while Alice works in lumber. My kind of girls for sure! Y’all know I frequent the oops paint and the cull bin at my local store on a regular basis.
If you are looking for a great cause, Stiggy’s Dogs could use a little more financial help. There are other organizations doing this, perhaps one is local to you, and you could lend a hand. I think you should head over to Aprons In Action to vote for the next organization to benefit from the generosity of The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation.
I’m not done—I will be participating in another service project, in addition to helping out a local family later this fall, working with Operation Homefront. Stay tuned!
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