Lowe's Heroes volunteered their time and talents at each makeover, painting, installing carpeting and updating lighting, among many other projects. Each center's needs were unique, and Lowe's Heroes worked with each location to fulfill its wishes during the holidays.
In Seattle, more than 25 Lowe's Heroes refreshed paint, installed flooring, constructed stadium seating for a movie room, provided new doors and updated the bathroom at the USO Puget Sound Area (USOPSA) center at Sea-Tac Airport. Seattle Seahawks players Brandon Mebane and Chris Clemons also participated along with members of the Sea Gals cheerleading team to make the project truly a community effort.
"With this renovation, Lowe's is helping the USO to make this holiday season even better for local military coming home from overseas deployments,” said Don Leingang, USOPSA executive director and commander United States Navy (Ret.). "We thank Lowe's for their continued support of our brave men and women in uniform."
Founded by World War II veterans, Lowe's has long supported the military through employment opportunities, discounts and volunteer efforts, like the makeovers conducted during the holiday season. In addition to Seattle, Lowe's completed projects at USO centers in Savannah, Ga.; El Paso, Killeen and Houston, Texas; Fort Drum and New York, N.Y.; Great Lakes, Ill.; Norfolk, Va.; Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; St. Louis, Mo.; Jacksonville, N.C.; Denver, Colo.; and two in Pensacola, Fla.
Military personnel and family members visited USO centers more than 5.3 million times in 2009. Services include free Internet and e-mail access, libraries and reading rooms, housing assistance, family crisis counseling, support groups, game rooms and nursery facilities.
Lowe's and its vendor partners donated products nationwide, including more than 19,000 square feet of Mohawk carpet and 450 gallons of Valspar paint.
"What a great way to say thank you to our troops and their families,” said Sloan Gibson president of the USO. "We continue to salute Lowe's for the company's commitment to helping our men and women in uniform who served and continue to serve our nation.”