Last Friday, June 17th, The Home Depot’s Team Depot volunteered to do some work at American Legion Post 60 in Roselle Park.
Pete Mitchell, Post 60’s finance officer remarked about how it all came about, “We had some windows and some siding done by Home Depot and the salesman came here and said I’ll have them [Team Depot] come over and take a look and see if we can do some painting for you. And here we are.”
16 employees throughout the day painted rooms, the basement, the garage, and even built a new bar for the building which was chartered in 1929 and has been standing for over a century since 1905.
The Home Depot Assistant Manager Joachim Thunberg coordinated the project with paint which was donated by Behr Paint. Mike Garguilo, Senior Sales Rep from Behr stated, “We’ve always partnered with Home Depot. So an opportunity like this to not only donate the paint but to work shoulder-to-shoulder with these guys – and obviously – for a great cause, there’s nothing better.”
As the improvements took shape, Pete saw the impact that a little paint could do and commented, “We want to thank Behr Paint and Home Depot for providing stuff that we needed. The place was really in need of it and this is really great.”
Joachim said that Team Project focuses such volunteer projects on veterans and veteran organizations. He added, “They do so much for us. The freedom that we have, it’s not taken for granted. We’re just trying to thank them any way we can.”
Those who volunteered that day included Patricia Jordan and Karensa McPherson from store 0915 in Vauxhall, Frank Debois from store 6903 in Garwood, and Tash Moore, Kenniel Sanguinetti, Mateo Romero, Fitz Desir, and Joachim Thunberg from store 6905 on West Grand Street in Elizabeth.
Post Commander George Szollosi summed it all up by saying, “It’s a great job.”
American Legion Post 60 is located at 34 East Westfield Avenue. More information can be found on their Facebook page (link).