Volunteers spread holiday cheer with 'Decorate a Vet'
The holidays are a bit brighter for some local veterans, thanks to dozens of volunteers. It's part of an effort called "Decorate a Vet."
This is the fourth year for local citizens and business owners to help decorate the homes of veterans during the holidays.
For Jessica Knight and her husband, getting ready for the holidays with four young children is no small feat. This year however, the preparation has been even harder. Knight was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in September.
Knight's husband Rey Brooks is a Marine Reservist. He has been in the military for 16 years, and this year their home will be one of 12 visited by the "Decorate A Vet" organization. The group will come to their home to light it up for the holiday season.
Jeff Jones started the organization after he noticed several homes in need of repair and found out that they belonged to veterans. Jones’ father and grandfather were both veterans.
On Saturday, he and his army of volunteers spent the day lighting up veteran's homes around the day.
The organization teams with the "Angie's List" website -- gathering crews from several highly rated companies on the site to get the projects done quickly and effectively.
Another stop was at the Sutherland home.
"It's been a blessing for the kids and I to have some excitement as the holiday season comes," Jessica Sutherland says.
And the decorations are staying up until February. That's when her husband Sean, an engineer for the Air Force, gets back from Afghanistan.
Earlier today, Dave and Ada Evans also got the special treatment.
It's been tough for the couple. Back in 2009, Dave Evans had a stroke.
For this group, it's not just about decorations. Here at the Evans home, they've built a pathway so that Mr. Evans can get to his grill.
Back at the Sutherlands, in addition to the Christmas decorations, they were putting down mulch.