Rebuilding Together Miami and Sears Lend Helping Hands to Veteran
September 24, 2011
by Donna Fales
Volunteers came from Coral Springs, Pembroke Pines, Hialeah and Homestead to give a day of service to Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Blair of Richmond Heights Friday, September 23, 2011. Thanks to Rebuilding Together Miami and the Heroes at Home program sponsored by Sears Holding Corp, the Blairs received a new roof and badly needed home repairs.
Mr. Blair, age 88, is a US Army WWII veteran who has been married to his loving wife, Azzie, age 83, for 66 years. They have resided in their Richmond Heights home for over 50 years and the house badly needed a new roof. Rebuilding Together Miami stepped in to put on a new roof, repair the ceilings from roof leaks, replace the drywall in the bathroom and kitchen and replace the electrical outlets which are a danger to their 4 year old grandchild. Fourteen dedicated Sears volunteers took the day off from work to paint the house for the Blairs. Mr. Blair is very much of a hands on individual so he joined the volunteers Friday morning to demonstrate how best to use the paint roller. Afterward, Blair said “ Thank you all for this beautiful roof and the nice job inside. Everything is real nice.”
Both Charlie and Azzie Blair have been blessed with good health and spend much of their time taking care of others who are less able in the Richmond Heights neighborhood. Mr. Blair drives the elderly to doctor’s appointments. They are both very active in their church, Martin Memorial in Richmond Heights and help out whenever and wherever needed.
Rebuilding Together Miami is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that preserves homeownership by providing free rehabilitation services to the elderly, veterans, disabled and low-income homeowners. The team of Rebuilding Together Miami and Sears Holding have rehabbed fifteen veteran’s homes in Dade County since the inception of the Heroes at Home program in 2008. Visit on-line.