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Celebration of Service 2012 {Columbus Ohio-OSU Campus}


OSU housing for veterans

I went on a quick trip last weekend to Columbus Ohio, Ohio State University. The university supplies housing for Veterans to continue their education.  The house huge!  Team Depot took on the challenge of fixing it up, and I got to help out.

Home Depot Foundation TeamDepot

Thanks to Traci for sharing this group picture with me.  Team Depot ready for a great day of service! Associates from 8 stores pitched in to help on their day off.

Home Depot Associates This is my team, associates from a local store.  Wendy, Kevin, Chris, and Stacy were fun to hang out with.  We were in charge of painting the hallways on the second floor.  The space was tight.


TeamDepot TeamworkLots of hands made quick work.


Stacy Stacy was busy rolling the walls.  I did the cutting in of the low areas.  (no rolling or  reaching high for this bum shoulder)


WendyThis sweet smile belongs to Courtney, of The Home Depot Foundation. She traveled to Columbus from Atlanta.



ShamalSharmal checking up on the work . . .



That these two are up to!



OSU and Home DepotThis is the team that brought this project together.  From left to right- Courtney Smith  (Foundation Field Specialist – Northern Division) Todd, one of the veterans from the house, Dorothy from the OSU housing, Sharmal (District Manager?), Brian, Colin Brown,  (office of student life for the Ohio State University), Joe Cruz (store manager) Cheryl Grossman (State Representative) and Wendy Weeks (Foundation Field Specialist – Western Division)

COS2012 Bloggers

There are 12 bloggers in the Celebration of Service Blogger Network.  Eight bloggers recently traveled to Miami to work on a Fisher House. You can follow all the goings on through my Pinterest board. I was joined on this trip by Kierste {Simply Kierste}, Lori {Witty Little Secret} and Traci {Beneath My Heart}

While I was busy painting on the 2nd floor, Kierste and Traci were painting on the 3rd floor.

Shamal & ColinShamal presented Colin with a replica of a military coin.

the Home Depot Foundation coin


thank you Some of the veterans left messages on their white boards expressing their appreciation of the hard work.


building a shedWhile there were teams inside painting and laying new floors, there was work going on outside as well.  This group was busy building a shed for bicycles, the preferred mode of transportation on campus.

Some of the other projects were landscape lighting, and my favorite, solar motion detection security lighting.

The Team Depot folks will be hard at work in December painting the rooms for the veterans  while they are on their winter break.  These folks just never stop!


In this video of the gang doing the Home Depot cheer, you can see how excited they are to be here.  You can see more videos from the day on my youtube channel.

From The Home Depot Foundation site:

The Home Depot Foundation Completes 350 Projects for Veterans in 60 Days During Second Annual Celebration of Service Campaign
Campaign to Conclude with Special Events Celebrating Veterans Day
ATLANTA, November 8, 2012 – Since kicking off its annual Celebration of Service campaign on September 11, The Home Depot® Foundation and 12,000 Team Depot volunteers have completed 350 projects assisting U.S. military veterans and their families. This $3 million effort to repair and renovate veterans’ homes and facilities is part of the Foundation’s $50 million commitment to veterans’ housing initiatives over the next three years. This year’s campaign officially concludes on Veterans Day.
During the two-month campaign, Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer force, has repaired and renovated hundreds of homes and facilities in cooperation with local and national nonprofits across the country.  From building wheelchair ramps and remodeling kitchens to painting and roofing repairs, Home Depot associates have used their home improvement skills to make a difference for veterans.

I hope you will click over to read the rest of the article– The Home Depot Foundation concludes Celebration of Service 2012.  I feel so honored to have been a part of this campaign.  But, it’s not quite over yet.  I will have the privilege of working with a local veteran’s family before the end of the year. I’m really looking forward to this last project!


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The Home Depot partnered with bloggers such as me for their Celebration of Service Blog Network. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any product mentioned in these posts. The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

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  1. What a fantastic opportunity! So neat to be able to give back and to veteran’s, that is great!

  2. What incredible work! I know those veterans are truly grateful!

  3. What an awesome team and such a wonderful cause. It really does take a village. Great job and thanks for sharing this Gail.

  4. Thank you for your gift of giving. Wonderful job you are all doing.

  5. Home Depot is doing a wonderful thing for our veterans and so are you! Thanks so much for sharing this!


  6. Great job, looks like fun! Kudos to you and the gang!

  7. You rock Gail! And the people that do all of this for free on their day off too!
    Have a happy Wednesday,

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