CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One Belmont couple got a surprise home makeover this week, thanks to Home Depot's Celebration of Service project. It helps veterans with challenges in their homes.
"It means a whole lot," said veteran Joyce Hunt.
Sitting on their front porch and watching their home makeover in action, Joyce and Skip Hunt say they feel blessed.
"It's hard to explain how good it feels for people like this to come out and do for us," said Joyce.
Both are Army veterans and both have had physical challenges lately. Joyce fell and broke her leg, and Skip is about to have his fourth knee replacement surgery. Their son nominated them for Home Depot's Celebration of Service project. At first they were grateful to hear they were just getting a new wheelchair ramp.
"So they come out and decide, ‘Well we're going to do this, we're going to do that, we're going to do this,’ and a couple things they surprised us with," said Skip Hunt.
In addition to the ramp, they're getting a new garden, and work done inside their son's home. He lives next door and is a Navy veteran. But perhaps most touching is a flagpole with USA spelled out and a soldier statue.
"It shows they appreciate us. Years ago, we weren't appreciated, but now, we are appreciated and it's just great," said Skip.
All the work is being done by Home Depot employees volunteering during their time off.
"I told him how much we appreciate what they're doing. He said, ‘We appreciate it. We don't mind volunteering for two days, what you volunteered your life for,’" said Skip.
In total, between Sept. 11 and Veterans Day, Home Depot expects to complete 12 projects in the Charlotte area.