All day Thursday the Home Depot Foundation
transformed the home of Army veteran Cherise Pugh, who lives near the Pittsburgh community, into a home that is deserved of a U.S. veteran.
Team Depot, The Home Depot’s army
of associate volunteers, updated the home’s interior and exterior, to
help Cherise and Eric Pugh continue to provide a safe place for their two
children to live. According to Team Depot, "this effort in Atlanta is part of The Home Depot Foundation’s
third annual Celebration of Service campaign, a two-month initiative between
September 11 and Veterans Day."
Forty volunteers from The Home Depot
Foundation transformed the Pugh's home after an unexpected financial hardship
found them with a house in desperate need of repairs. Repairs included:
painting throughout home, landscaping in large backyard and front yard
and installation of a play area for Cherises' two kids.
Cherise Pugh enlisted in the Army in 1997 and
entered officer training because she was interested in serving our country,
protecting our heritage, and protecting our future. She also wanted to
honor her uncle, who was the first African American Navy SEAL and a proud
organizing member of the first U.S. Navy SEAL team. Cherise served for
six months before she was released from her service contract commitment
due to an injury that led to a dual fracture and the placement of two metal
plates in her forearms.