Helping Homebound Heroes - November
November 5, 2018
“I had stopped praying about it. There wasn’t anyone who could do anything about it, and I didn’t have any money,” recalls 81-year-old Lillian McCullough.
This time last year, Ms. McCullough’s home was in serious disrepair. The drywall badly needed repairs; the flooring was in bad shape; and the driveway had buckled to the point where it posed a safety threat.
The home holds very special memories for Ms. McCullough. She and her husband, Willie, bought the house 40 years ago when Mr. McCullough retired from the U.S. Army after serving our nation for more than 20 years. They raised three children in the house. Mr. McCullough passed away eight years ago from lung cancer that was the result of exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
“I was afraid of having to move out and go to a nursing home,” says Ms. McCullough of the recent problems with her home. Fortunately, thanks to generous funding from The Home Depot Foundation, Meals on Wheels Central Texas repaired the drywall, removed her old flooring and replaced it with a vinyl plank laminate, replaced an existing shower with a more accessible walk-in shower, and took out the existing driveway and poured a new concrete replacement.
The much-needed repairs have given Ms. McCullough something that money can’t buy. “It made my life easier because it gave me peace of mind. And where in the world can you be without peace of mind,” she says.