ONEIDA - A construction project for veterans is taking shape in Oneida. The VFW post and Home Depot teamed up Tuesday to build a new pavilion.
At the Robert Cornelius VFW Post 7784 in Oneida,
“It's a little cold and raining, but it's fine,” said Wendy Winters, Grand Chute Home Depot manager.
Nearly two dozen volunteers braved a biting rain.
“I've done different donation stuff before, but not to this scale,” said Chad Greuel, general contractor.
Greuel gave up a day's work to lead the way.
“They were willing to sacrifice their lives for this country. I feel I could give them a little bit of my time, to help put up a pavilion,” he said.
The post commander says the pavilion will be 25 by 40 feet.
“It's going to be an open concept. And we're trying to reach the community so they can have events here and other organizations, veterans groups. It's mainly to draw the community in,” said Post Commander Cletus Ninham.
The volunteers have hometown support. The local Home Depot has donated $11,000 in materials to this project.
“Pressure-treated wood, all the posts, all the materials that will go into the pavilion itself,” said Winters. “Veterans specifically, they've done so much for the country so it's great opportunity for us to give back to those people that have given so much for us.”
And while the rain may have carried the day, volunteers say they'll be back.
“It's always worth it, definitely. If we have to come out again, we'll finish it another day,” said Greuel.
“It's a great feeling. We would really have a hard time doing it without them,” said Ninham. “We're just grateful for the help.”
The project is part of Home Depot's Celebration of Service. Store officials say that five-year initiative has committed more than $50 million to veterans projects.
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