- A tornado that ripped through Dundee, Mich., in June left a five-mile swath of destruction, including about $4,000 worth of damage to Dundee High School's track facilities. More than 25 Lowe's Heroes from stores in Monroe, Ann Arbor and Clinton donated time and all of the materials to rebuild a ticket booth and student-built storage shed. Principal Bryan Schroeder thanked Lowe's for teaching his students an important lesson: "No matter how bad times get, the true character of people comes through."
- More than 60 Lowe's Heroes from eight stores in the Baltimore, Md., area worked in nearly 100-degree heat to renovate the playground area and make landscaping improvements at Jessup Elementary School in Jessup, Md. The work included expanding the existing playground area, sealing the blacktop, installing a border and pipes to prevent erosion around the playground and refurbishing existing benches. "When the school board has to cut its budget, it's things like playgrounds and landscaping that are not funded," said project organizer Jessica Holtzer, human resources manager at Lowe's of Elkridge. "We were very excited to help."
- Partnering with the Junior League of Sacramento, four California Lowe's stores — Roseville, Folsom, Citrus Heights and Lincoln — combined to make over the St. Patrick's Home for Children in Sacramento. With cutbacks at St. Patrick's, the home had not been updated in several years. Lowe's Heroes transformed a storage room into a craft room and painted the bedrooms, the laundry room, a hallway and the craft room. Each bedroom and the family room were updated with new ceiling fans, area rugs and floor lights. Lowe's also donated a washer and dryer.
- More than 140 Lowe's Heroes worked tirelessly over a week to help construct dog runs and completely make over Atlanta's largest no-kill rescue shelter, PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Atlanta. Before the makeover, the shelter's first in more than 20 years, the play area was cramped, creating a chaotic atmosphere. It was one reason many potential pet adopters left the shelter empty-handed. For the dog runs, Lowe's Heroes installed exterior fencing, fencing for cage sides and backs, and pavers to cover the ground. In addition, they helped paint all the buildings and installed new dishwashers, counters and cabinets.
- Responding quickly to a request for help from the local PTO president, Lowe's Regional Distribution Center team members rallied to clean up and renovate the playground areas at three elementary schools before the school year started in Plainfield, Conn. Forty-six team members teamed up over two days to make the school experience more enjoyable for hundreds of students at Plainfield Memorial, Shepard Hill and Moosup Elementary. Lowe's Heroes repaired and repainted backboards, replaced broken basketball rims and restriped lines on the courts. They also repainted a swing set and built and filled a new sandbox. The principals and custodians at the schools said they never would have been able to complete the projects on their own before the start of school.
- Volunteers from Lowe's of Conway, S.C., turned their attention to the Conway Women's Shelter. The shelter provides housing and counseling for abused women and their families. Lowe's Heroes devised a plan to modernize the shelter's laundry / supply room. The team repainted the room, replaced the damaged sink, added new cabinets and replaced the old washers and dryers with front-loaders. Lowe's also donated a vacuum and other cleanup supplies for general housekeeping. As the Heroes cleaned up, one teary-eyed shelter staff member said, "Thank you. No one has ever done anything of this nature for us."
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