WALTHAM, Mass. (Mar. 17, 2015) – Waltham-based Harvey Building Products and the company’s dedicated customers have once again shown their support for Homes For Our Troops (hfotusa.org), a non-profit organization based in Taunton, MA that builds specially adapted homes for severely injured Veterans. At Harvey’s annual trade show last week, Harvey President Jim Barreira, alongside This Old House host Kevin O’Connor, presented a check in the amount of $31,000 to Homes For Our Troops’ Executive Director Bill Ivey.
Employees and customers made monetary donations to the national organization during a three-week blitz throughout the manufacturing company’s 36 branches, facilities and corporate office locations. For the second year in a row, Harvey Building Products’ warehouse location in Hyannis, MA was the top fundraiser, bringing in more than $7,000 through very generous customers eager to support the cause. When asked about their fundraising success in Hyannis, Warehouse Manager Mike Denwood said, “it’s such an important cause, not just to Harvey employees, but to the people who walk into our warehouses every day. We rally around it together, and have great customers who care about Homes For Our Troops as much as we do.”
Kevin O’Connor took to the stage to help present the donation, saying, “When you can adapt a home to the specific injuries sustained by one of these brave soldiers, you give them back some independence. Simple things we take for granted, like bathing our children or cooking a meal, they can finally do thanks to the gift of an adapted home from Homes For Our Troops.” The sentiment was echoed by Jim Barreira, who thanked those in attendance for their generosity and support.
Serving professional contractors and builders since 1961, Harvey Building Products fabricates its own lines of windows, doors, and PVC millwork and is the premier distributor of quality building supplies in the Northeast. Items manufactured and distributed by Harvey are used in residential and light commercial structures across the region. Harvey Building Products became a regional sponsor of Homes For Our Troops in 2009, and has donated Harvey products to several builds. Products donated by Harvey Building Products include their top-of-the-line Tribute windows and the Harvey Climate Defense System.
Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans have sustained life-altering injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed while defending our country, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its founding in 2004, over 90 cents out of every $1 (dollar) donated to HFOT has gone directly to Veterans in its program. HFOT builds these homes where the Veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the Veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives. To find out how you can help, visit www.hfotusa.org.