Tower FCU volunteers

Volunteers from Tower Federal Credit Union and the Gilbane Building Co. teamed up April 27 to help repair the Laurel home of a disable Navy Veteran during Christmas in April. (Photo courtesy Tower Federal Credit / May 19, 2013)

A team of more than 40 volunteers from Tower Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Laurel, and the Gilbane Building Co. helped renovated the Laurel home of a disabled Navy veteran April 27 during Prince George's County's Christmas in April effort.

Because of roof and foundation leaks, up to 2 feet of water had damaged the first-time homeowner's house after a heavy rainfall. The volunteers repaired roof leaks and gutters; replaced a storm door; installed a new front porch and repaired and painted the back porch; removed dead bushes and trees in the front yard; and added new flower beds. In addition, the team re-secured an areaway wall.

Christmas in April is a national nonprofit that rehabilitates homes for low-income homeowners, particularly the elderly and those with disabilities. Tower employee Ramona Riordan coordinated the volunteer team in Laurel.