ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An East Albany disabled veteran received a pleasant surprise Friday afternoon.
22 Seton Hall University students got their hands dirty helping repair the home of Dewey Hall.
"Truly a remarkable experience to be able connect with him on a deeper level," said Junior Emily Findakly.
Findakly spent her Spring Break working with Flint River Habitat for Humanity, her favorite past time since being introduced to it in high school.
She raked leaves and painted walls, just a few skills she's gained.
But she was really there for, "the perspective that we gain from this is something that you can't learn about or read from a book or learn in the class," remarked Findakly, and of course to brighten Hall's day.
"They have really blessed me," said Hall.
And he wasn't talking about the home repairs.
"We got a new washer and dryer for you,"said Flint River Habitat for Humanity Director Scooter Courtney.
Compliments of Home Depot, and Habitat's first ever critical repair for a disabled vet.
"The way they're giving back to the veterans who gave so much to our country," said Courtney.
"A once in a lifetime thing and I'll never forget them," remarked Hall, and a moment Findakly will also cherish forever
"I'm speechless by this experience, all of my expectations have been exceeded," said Findakly.
Courtney said Home Depot has committed $250 million this year to critical repairs and they want to double it in 2018.