The residents of the Female Veterans Village in Cocoa were in for a sweet and generous surprise.
The Home Depot Foundation covered their mortgages for the month of December.
The Space Coast Habitat for Humanity hosted Breakfast and Birdhouses, where The Home Depot announced that its foundation would make the mortgage payment for a month for each of the veterans.
“We asked the residents to join us for Breakfast and Birdhouses to thank them for their service, but the real surprise came from the Home Depot Foundation covering their December mortgages,” said Anna Terry, the executive director at Space Coast Habitat for Humanity.
It was part of The Home Depot’s national campaign, Operation Surprise, in which Team Depot volunteers have completed hundreds of service projects and provided many surprises to honor Veterans Day in both November and December.
“Honoring veterans is very personal to The Home Depot, as more than 35,000 of the company’s associates are veterans or military spouses,” said Frank Branson, the Team Depot captain.
The colorful birdhouses presented to veterans were handmade by the Suntree Viera Youth Football League/ Pop Warner.
The Home Depot’s gift was to support veteran homeowners. It’s part of a campaign where Team Depot completed hundreds of service projects from Veterans Day through December to provide moments of joy and surprise along the way.
Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested $400 million in veteran causes around the nation. Additionally, during the past 10 years, the foundation has helped to renovate and enhance more than 50,000 veterans’ homes and facilities. It ensures that the nation’s heroes have a safe, comfortable place to call home that fits their individual needs. They’ve partnered with many nonprofits throughout the country, according to Home Depot. Operation Surprise is all about service, giving back and upholding the Home Depot core values to paint a brighter future for many communities.
“It was a special morning for everyone and we’re also very grateful to the City of Cocoa and Diamond Square (Community Redevelopment Agency), as they’ve been so instrumental in the development and building of these homes,” Terry said.