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Home Depot helps American Legion Post 1 with renovations

December 26, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence Post 1 of the American Legion recently received renovation assistance from the Home Depot.

The Home Depot Foundation awarded an $11,000 grant to renovate Post 1’s building.

“I had been trying for years to get something from Home Depot and Lowes,” Post Commander Ken Curran said. “And so, somebody suggested that I try again. I did. I went down to the store and met [Assistant Sales Manager] Ron [Holiman]. I said he sounds like he might do something for us. So, I nurtured that a little bit, and he seemed he was anxious to jump in and start something.”

On Dec. 4, members of Team Depot, arrived and began work on the renovations, which included the installation of new laminated floors, ceiling tiles, landscaping and repairs of the front entrance. Team Depot refers to the 400,000 associate volunteers from the Home Depot.

“The American Legion will be forever grateful to the foundation for assisting Post 1 with revitalizing South Carolina’s oldest post for future Legionnaires and the community to enjoy,” Curran said in a news release. “The Home Depot crew was magnificent. They worked focused on completion, no matter what the obstacles. They went above and beyond every minute.”

Curran also said that the team’s leader was Holiman.

“From Day 1 he moved heaven and earth to make this project happen, and Post 1 will be forever indebted to him and his team for helping Post 1 start its rebuilding program,” Curran said.

The other members of Team Depot included Store Manager Kyle Utt, Chad Cooper, Anthony Forrest, Paige Royall, John Stricklin, Daisy Prosser, Jack Harrington and Josh Hart. Two associates from Fayetteville, North Carolina, also assisted with the renovations.

“To me and to Home Depot, our company has started the Home Depot Foundation, which impacts about 2,000 veterans a year,” Utt said. “Really the mission for the Home Depot Foundation is to make sure that all veterans have a safe place to call home. So when this opportunity came up, we were excited about the opportunity to help our local veterans in our community for everything that they’ve done for us.”

Legionnaires including Curran, Buddy Hicks, John Struhar, Vic Phillips, David Johnson and Carroll Bonner also assisted.

The American Legion was formed by Congressional charter in 1919. According to its website, the legion is dedicated to mutual helpfulness and hundreds of local programs strengthen the nation community by community. Two of the legion’s programs are American Legion Baseball and Operation Comfort Warriors, which provides wounded service members with comfort items.

The legion is divided at the state level. Each state is subdivided into districts of multiple counties, subdivided again at the county level before going to the individual post level. There are roughly 14,900 posts in the United States, including Florence Post 1. Post 1, the oldest post in South Carolina, of the American Legion in Florence is known as the Fred H. Sexton Post.

The Home Depot Foundation, according to the Home Depot’s website, “works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap and support communities impacted by natural disasters.”

Home Depot was founded in 1978 by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank. The company is the world’s largest home improvement retailer and has nearly 2,300 stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico.