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WWII Veteran Receives Ramp Assistance
Posted 11/5/2013
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 WWII Veteran Receives Ramp Assistance from The Home Depot Foundation, Congressman, John Dingell’s Office and Local Nonprofit

 

 

November 1, 2013, Taylor, MI – The Home Depot Foundation, Congressman, John Dingell’s office and The Information Center, nonprofit in Taylor, recently collaborated to provide a needed wheelchair ramp to Allen Park, WWII, Korean veteran, Kirk Tooley. Funds for the project were made possible through a grant from The Home Depot Foundation.

 

In September, Tooley made the decision to bring his wife, Mary, home from a local nursing facility. She had suffered a paralyzing stroke 19 months prior and he was spending most of his day at the facility assisting with her daily needs.  To prepare for Mary’s return, it was necessary to build a ramp on their modest Allen Park home; realizing he needed assistance, he called Congressman, John Dingell’s office for help. Through his initial contact with the Congressman’s office, The Home Depot Allen Park Store #6821 and The Information Center were approached to become involved in the project. The Home Depot and The Information Center jointly applied for a grant through The Home Depot Foundation; once the grant was awarded, the work began. The Home Depot volunteers arrived at the Tooley’s Allen Park residence in mid-October to build the ramp; in just over a week, Mary was “home sweet home” surrounded by family and friends. Tooley, “It was time to bring Mary home where she belonged.  I’m very thankful to John Dingell’s office, The Home Depot Foundation and The Information Center for making this possible.”

 

“We are delighted to provide this much needed wheelchair ramp for veteran Kirk Tooley and his wife, Mary,” says The Home Depot Foundation’s Northern Division Field Specialist Courtney Smith. “Our mission is to ensure that every veteran has a safe place to call home. Kirk Tooley served our country and we are honored to return the favor to his family.”

 

About The Home Depot Foundation: The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to improving the homes of U.S. military veterans through financial and volunteer resources to help nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has committed $80 million to these efforts over five years. Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.

 

Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $340 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org, follow us on Twitter @homedepotfdn, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.

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