*If you don’t know who the Dilley family is you may want to get caught up before reading this post…. Start with the post when I introduced the Give Good contest, then the one where I introduced the Dilley family and then read the one where they won.
Back in December we found out the Dilley family had won the $20,000 home makeover thanks to your amazing efforts in voting on the Home Depot’s Facebook page. Words can’t express how grateful I was to all of you who voted and spread the word about this amazing military family.Seriously.
On Friday I had the privilege of being in attendance when the Dilley family saw the final makeover reveal. And it wasn’t a $20,000 home makeover…… It was a $60,000 home makeover! Because Home Depot rocks.
(One of their daughters was trying her wheelchair out on the ramp further down so she is not pictured here)
My family has gotten to know them over the course of the last 8 months and so I wanted them to be able to be there as well. My boys were excited to see their kids again :) This was the first time meeting Kevin since he JUST got home from overseas.
I can only imagine how overwhelming it must have been to drive up to their house with all the media, Home Depot employees, and others in the crowd! The Dilley family had been staying in a hotel and on base in temporary housing for almost a week while the final projects were being done. The new roof, heater, and air conditioner, and insulation had all been replaced months before but the fun stuff like the flooring, paint, new kitchen, landscaping and more were all a surprise for them.
Before the ribbon cutting ceremony, Devin spoke about the whole process. He is the District Services manager and was in charge of co-coordinating the whole makeover.
Here is the clip of what he said if you are interested.
I took a lot of pictures. Probably too many. And to be honest I was shaking so much and not really paying attention to my setting. So a lot of them are blurry. But this one of one of my favorites. It shows how overwhelmed and grateful they were. And happy :)
Not only did they get a completely new kitchen, but a new floor plan that allows the girls in wheel chairs to fit through the narrow entry.
I want to share with you my all time favorite part of the whole day. The part that made the happiest and made me cry the hardest. Every loves little Irelynn. She captures your heart the first second you meet her. I remember going to their house last winter to tell them they were in the running to win. Their house had a combination of tile, carpet, and hardwood. Little Irelynn couldn’t really wheel herself around the house. She was dependent on others to get her from room to room.
But Home Depot installed hardwood throughout the whole upstairs. Watching Irelynn’s face light up as she wheeled herself all around the house was AMAZING. Life-altering-makes-you-grateful-for-the-little-things kind of amazing. It melted my heart.
You can see her wheeling around on the news clip:
This is me with Kelly from Home Depot Headquarters. She flew out from Atlanta to be here for the big reveal. See, she is the reason this whole Give Good project even came about. She is never mentioned in the media and stays quietly behind the scenes. But this was her idea and I want her to know I think she is incredible and has a huge heart.
I also want to thank the volunteers that worked SO HARD to complete the makeover in the short amount of time they had. There over 130 Home Depot employees who volunteered their time and talents from the area that worked non-stop for 5 days. And they did it with giant smiles on their faces. And there were vendors who donated products when they heard about the Dilley family.
I love service. I love it because it makes a difference in the lives of the people who are receiving but also for those doing it. Only good comes from giving.