Home Depot Foundation surprises 10 veterans with rent, mortgage payments

ATLANTA — The Home Depot Foundation last week surprised 10 veterans with two months of mortgage or rent payments, according to WSB-TV.

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The surprise, which also included a $500 gift card for each veteran, happened during an Atlanta Falcons game Nov. 18 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, WSB reported. The Home Depot Foundation presented the gifts in partnership with the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership.

Officials with the Home Depot Foundation shared video on Facebook of the moment when the veterans discovered their surprises.

In partnership with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity & ReStore and ANDP, we surprised 10 deserving veterans at last night’s...

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The Hometown Hero event marked the 10-year anniversary of The Home Depot Foundation’s work to help veterans, according to WSB. In the last decade, the foundation has invested more than $400 million in veterans causes, according to officials.

“Since 2011, we’ve worked with some of the nation’s leading veteran service organizations to effect positive change for veterans, many of whom are facing homelessness, housing insecurity or housing that hinders their movement or ability to live independently due to service-connected injuries,” Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation, said earlier this month in a statement.

“We’re proud to serve alongside our partners who work tirelessly to support veterans. We know there is so much more work to be done, and we are honored to continue serving alongside these incredible organizations.”

The Home Depot employs more than 35,000 veterans and military spouses, WSB reported.

In addition to helping to improve the homes and lives of veterans, The Home Depot Foundation aims to train skilled tradespeople and to support communities impacted by natural disasters.