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Giving Good and $20,000 to Help a Military Family

November 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Bloggers, Featured, Wendy


I’m so excited I can barely write this post!!

I’m usually not known for my curb appeal abilities. I can plant a flower in a pot and make it look pretty amazing, but when it comes to flower beds and using power tools I’m usually sipping lemonade by that point. All that changed this past Thursday when I was honored to be invited to participate in Home Depot’s Celebration of Service with Quest 35, who were building a section of housing exclusively for homeless veterans.  Celebration of Service is a major campaign by The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation to enhance the lives of U.S. military veterans and to highlight the needs and opportunities they face.  From September 11 through November 11, The Home Depot Foundation committed over 9 million dollars and over 200 projects dedicated to veterans’ housing issues, the Project on 11-11-11, being the grand finale!

We spent five hours improving the community outdoor spaces. This is the BEFORE of our landscaping project.

Next we gathered mums, plants, dirt, mulch and got to work!

After a couple of hours and many hands, this is our finished project!

Ready to get to work!

As part of this giving spirit, Home Depot Foundation has created the Give the Gift of Good campaign (#give good). It is their way of giving back to the local community, “paying forward” this philosophy by encouraging others to give the gift of helping others this holiday season.

The Home Depot Foundation surprised us nine bloggers, both milbloggers and DIY, with the opportunity to Give the Gift of Good in our own communities by giving us EACH a $500 Home Depot gift card to purchase holiday decorations for a local military family in need.

That’s not even the best part.

This is when tears started to flow!

These selected military families would also be entered for a chance to have Home Depot fulfill their “Wish List” of home improvements up to a retail value of $20,000.

“Items on the “wish list” are things that will make a real difference in the long term efficiency and comfort of the family’s home, including things like a new HVAC system, new carpet, a new roof and new windows. The winning family will be determined by votes on a Facebook application on The Home Depot page Nov. 29-Dec. 9 and announced on Dec. 14.“

From the Home Depot Foundation, “We hope that with everyone who votes for a family, reads a blog post, sees a tweet or even just hears about the program is inspired to Give the Gift of Good in their local communities and keep the chain going.”

So, beginning today all us bloggers are asking Americans in our local communities to help us find a deserving military family.

MyMilitaryLife.com will select a military family in the Northeast Connecticut area.

The contest is open to anyone currently serving (Active Duty, National Guard or Reserves) in any branch of the United States Military or anyone who is a Veteran, including Wounded Warriors. (You must have proof of service.) Also, the military family must own their own home.

How can you help?

Help spread the word and submit a military family, or nominate your military family!

You’ll want to include: A compelling story and a few photos: one of the family and few of the home areas needing improvement.

Send submissions and nominations to GiveGood@mymilitarylife.com Subject: HOME DEPOT GIVE GOOD. Submissions must be sent by Sunday, November 20th, at Midnight Eastern Time. MyMilitaryLife.com will choose one winner to submit as our nomination for the $20,000 Give Good Contest. The nominated family will be confirmed via email on November 28.

Thank you in advance for your help in getting the word out. Since we only have a week, PLEASE send your submissions or nominations asap!

It’s a great honor to partner with the Home Depot Foundation on this campaign.

Bloggers also participating:

Give Good Knoxville – Wife of a Wounded Soldier

Give Good Pensacola/Mobile – Being the Wife (Widow) of a Wounded Marine

Give Good Montgomery – Perfectly Imperfect

Give Good Northern California – Centsational Girl

Once I see the blog posts up on the other cities, I will update this post here.

Thank you Home Depot and Home Depot Foundation for all you do to support military families!

Coming Soon – Give Good Part 2 – Benches!

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5 Responses to “Giving Good and $20,000 to Help a Military Family”
  1. What a wonderful recap of our fabulous times together, your landscaping looked so fantastic I snapped a few pics myself. It feel so good to give back, delighted to read this today!!!
    Many blessings,
    Kate

  2. Wendy says:

    Jeff – Your program looks wonderful. We’d love to highlight what you are doing in an upcoming episode of Military Life Radio. I’ll send you an email!

  3. Wendy says:

    Centsational Girl / Kate -
    Thank you so much for your kind words and wandering over to my blog. What an amazing opp. to give back with such creative, talented people as you and your fellow DIY bloggers. My eyes are opened to a whole new world on the blogsphere!
    Blessings to you as well!
    <3 Wendy

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