Charles Faison, a 74-year-old United States Army and Reserves veteran, has lived in the same house in the Turner Station neighborhood outside Baltimore for more than 50 years. The 84-year-old house was given to him and his wife as a gift from his mother-in-law and it’s where they raised their three kids.
Charles has enjoyed living in the same house in Dundalk, Maryland, but the list of repairs grew longer every year. Hearing of Charles’ armed forces background and his family’s continued support of the military, Sears Heroes at Home and Rebuilding Together stepped in to help make critical upgrades and repairs to his house. On a recent warm summer day when the heat index reached 105-degrees, 20 volunteers spent the day stabilizing a dangerous flight of stairs, repairing damaged ceilings, patching the roof, upgrading the bathroom and kitchen, and making the house more energy efficient.
“Amid brutal weather conditions our team of volunteers stayed positive and worked extremely hard,” said Sears Senior PR Director Brian Hanover, who oversees the Heroes at Home program. “They recognized that their work was just a small way of saying thanks to Mr. Faison for what amounts to a lifetime – and a legacy – of service to the country.”
Charles spent 30 years in the Army Reserves, his son recently retired from the Air Force and his grandson is preparing to enter the Air Force. He was very grateful to be selected for the Heroes at Home project. “[It] makes me feel like a king,” Charles said. “It really makes me feel good, and I really appreciate Sears doing this for me.”
Charles’ home is one of dozens of Heroes at Home rebuilding projects Sears is completing this summer across the country as part of its annual renovation campaign. Heroes at Home rebuilds vary in size and scope, but all strive to provide safe and accessible housing for America’s military families. Donations can be made at any Sears store through July 30, or by visiting sears.com/heroesathome.