Military families nationwide are being gifted thousands of dollars this holiday season to help with necessary home repairs.
As part of the Home Depot Foundation’s annual Operation Surprise campaign, 10 families at 10 military bases across the nation will get $10,000 to help with critical home repairs and upgrades.
The annual campaign, which kicked off on Veterans Day and lasts through the end of the year, aims to “provide life-changing moments of surprise and support for veterans and communities in need” through acts of service, according to The Home Depot Foundation.
Throughout the holiday season, Home Depot’s associate volunteer force – otherwise known as “Team Depot” – issues grants to local nonprofits in their community such as Habitat for Humanity that will help veterans with services such as critical home repairs.
As part of this Operation Surprise initiative, Habitat for Humanity is responsible for distributing the funds to each family. To date, six families have already been surprised.
One of them is a 12-year Army veteran named Preston who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
According to the foundation, Preston was paired with his service dog, Pilot, in September 2019 thanks to K9s for Warriors. As a result, he “has made remarkable improvements in his mental health recovery.”