Volunteers help restore homes for veterans

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ROANOKE (WSLS10) - Volunteers across the Roanoke Valley rolled up their sleeves to help those who served the country. Organizers from Renovation Alliance held their Veterans Renovation Day.

About 400 volunteers worked to renovate one of 16 homes for veterans. Some sawed and drilled holes to fix a roof, and others painted cabinets.

"Its important in these kinds of rooms because there's not a lot of light so painting the walls white will open it up and brighten it up," one volunteer said.

Buster Mullins, an army veteran lives in a home that is 100 years old. He's on a limited income and he said there were upgrades needed, like a new roof to porch and deck repairs.

"I think it's nice the program that helps the people," Mullins said.

Organizers said the cost to restore Mullins home ranges from $7,000 to $10,000 and they're glad to see so many people helping.

"It's an amazing experience the sensation is almost indescribable how happy everyone is to come together from different groups to backgrounds working with the veterans and seeing everybody's response,"Eric Wise, the project specialist for Renovation Alliance said.

The Home Depot Foundation donated all the materials needed to make the repairs.