The Home Depot Celebration of Service 2012 – Meet the Purvis family!
I had the pleasure of meeting the Purvis family in GrandRapids, Michigan last week, as a part of The Home Depot Celebration of Service 2012. The Home Depot provided them (that we delivered) with decorations, a corner Christmas tree, and an opportunity to meet a wonderful family. Throughout my time with the family we shared plenty of laughs and a few serious and emotional topics.
Mr. Purvis has been in the Army National Guard forabout 11 years. He has been deployed 3 times,to Egypt, Iraq and Afghanistan. The family’s living room wall is covered in pictures and memories from his multiple deployments and service to our country. His wifeis a huge arts and crafts fan and mentioned that she is “addicted” to Pinterest.
Their two daughters were wonderful and full of energy. So much energy that many of the ornaments for the tree were first hanging from hair or being thrown like baseballs before they made it to the tree. The two young ladies decorated the bottom of the tree and the adults jumped in on the top.
The Purvis family has struggled through many aspects of multiple deployments; lack of local support, finances, communication, and raising two beautiful girls that love their parents. David admitted something that caught us off guard during one of our discussions in how they dealt with such distance between them. I have never heard this before, but he stated while deployed, “I received too many packages”. His wife sent a letter or package every day of deployment!
We also had Sarah Davis from Operation Homefront with us at the Purvis home. Sarah has been working with the Purvis family through some of their struggles and was there for support and to assist with some of the decorations. The efforts that Sarah provided through Operation Homefront to the Purvis family was obvious.
The Home Depot Foundation is committed to ensuring thatevery veteran has a safe place to call home not just through financialdonations, but also through the dedication and hands-on service of their storeassociates. It is important to mention the local support we had from Home Depot store #2715 in Grand Rapids. Doug Bellah (manager) and Kyle Chamber joined us at the Purvis home to meet the military family and join us in decorating the room.
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Disclosure: The Home Depot partnered with bloggers such as me for their Celebration of Service Blog Network. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any product mentioned in these posts. The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.
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