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The Osceola Council on Aging & The Home Depot Help A Veteran Through The “Helping Homebound Heroes” Program


The Osceola Council on Aging (OCOA), volunteers from The Home Depot in St. Cloud and officers with the St. Cloud Police Department recently teamed up to help aid a 92-year-old U.S. Army Veteran in St. Cloud. Helen Crawford, a U.S. Army Captain Veteran served as a nurse from 1955 to 1959 at the U.S. Hospital in Tokyo, Japan.

Volunteers painted the exterior of Mrs. Crawford’s house, installed smoke detectors, evaluated the roof for leaks, pressure washed, repaired and installed doors inside the house, provided rescreening for a Florida room and landscaped with new plants and mulch. In addition, Team Depot completed the project by installing a 20ft. lighted flag pole to celebrate the service that Mrs. Crawford provided to this great nation. 

These improvements will help Mrs. Crawford move freely throughout her home, since she broke her hip back in 2017. She requires oxygen and has become hard of hearing. She is also a recipient of the Osceola Meals on Wheels program.

“Our Veterans, specially our senior Veterans are very important to us here in Osceola County and we are proud to serve them with dignity and care, so partnering with The Home Depot Foundation is a great partnership,” said Beverly Hougland, President of the OCOA. “Our Veterans wouldn’t have the care and support to move more freely, if we didn’t have this partnership with The Home Depot Foundation.” 

“We partner with organizations like the Osceola Council on Aging because they are in tune with what the needs are in our community, so this partnership is so important in helping our local Veterans,” said Alex Calderon, Store Manager at the St. Cloud Home Depot. “Plus, we are grateful to the St. Cloud Police Department volunteering with us to help build our Homebound Heroes program stronger, it gives our Veterans hope.”