Call it a Veterans Day miracle.
Just in time for the holiday, American Legion Post 118 in Amherst is celebrating a $5,000 donation from Lowe’s Home Improvement of Lorain.
Patio fencing at the Legion hall on North Lake Street was a wreck. Fixing extensive buckling would have cost roughly $2,500, said former post commander Tom Hauck.
Veterans went to Lowe’s seeking help and found it in abundance.
“We asked them for help. They said, ‘Oh, we have a couple of things to do but we’re going to serve the veterans first,” Hauck said.
The store dipped into its corporate Heroes Fund in what human resources manager Sherrie Klamm called an easy decision.
Rather than simply fix problems, in recent weeks Lowe’s entirely replaced the fencing, added solar lights, and provided all the labor.
Klamm and other Lowe’s staff were honored Wednesday at a Legion meeting, receiving two plaques and hearty applause from servicemen and women.
On a personal note, the News-Times was humbled in the same meeting to be thanked for our small role in helping the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard find a new bus.
The group travels extensively to Ohio cemeteries to pay respects and provide rites at veterans’ burial ceremonies. Its old van was in such bad disrepair that such trips were endangered.
In August, we reported the honor guard needed $30,000 to cover the cost of a used, 20-seat bus.
Our story helped spur enough donations to pay for the bus, we learned Wednesday.
Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.
Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Sherrie Klamm accepts plaques from American Legion Post 118 on behalf of Lowe’s Home Improvement.