Sadly, it doesn’t matter if it’s the holiday season or not, home repairs can pop up at the worst times. Home Depot recognized this and how much our veterans help our country by recently announcing it would gift $100k to military families to help with home renovations.
As part of their annual Operation Surprise campaign, the Home Depot Foundation will give $100k to 10 families at 10 military bases across the country. Per Fox Business, the foundation will grant each family $10,000 to help with critical repairs and upgrades. The initiative began on Veterans Day this year and will continue until 2022 begins. According to the Home Depot Foundation, it wishes to “provide life-changing moments of surprise and support for veterans and communities in need through acts of service.”
Additionally, the organization’s “Team Depot” helps local nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity. “Team Depot” is Home Depot’s group of volunteers that sign up to help veterans, along with the mentioned nonprofit assistance. For this year’s Operation Surprise effort, Habitat for Humanity is in charge of distributing funds to each family. As of this writing, the organization contacted six families.
One such family is a 12-year Army veteran who goes by Preston. Preston suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and received a service dog, Pilot, in September 2019. K9s for Warriors provided the pup and thanks to its assistance, Preston “has made remarkable improvements in his mental health recovery.”
The initiative comes from Home Depot wishing to continue helping veterans. Last month, Fox Business reported the Home Depot Foundation surpassed $400 million total to help veteran causes. Not only do these efforts concern service-related injuries, but they also apply to home repairs and homelessness.
Home Depot Co-Founders Create Mental Health Network for Veterans and Then Each Donate $20 Million
As stated, Home Depot avidly supports our country’s military members and has for some time now. Earlier this year, the organization’s co-founders teamed up to create a network to treat mental health issues.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank are working together for the first time in almost 20 years for this cause. To start things out, the duo donated $20 million each to establish 20 treatment sites across the United States. Gary Sinise, a renowned veteran supporter, is also aiding them in their endeavor. The team announced the endeavor back in February of this year.
Marcus told AJC addressing the mental health of veterans and first responders is “the first thing that we really have been totally in sync to.” Within the next five years, Marcus hopes their mental health network will help 10,000 people a year. The effort will reportedly take roughly $200 to $300 million to fund.
Marcus and Blank say they hope their donations will spur other philanthropists to do the same.