SYKESVILLE — Laura Schneider was excited to volunteer with her fellow Eldersburg Home Depot employees at the American Legion 223 in Sykesville, where she is a member, painting picnic tables and building an enclosure for the fraternal organiztion's outdoor pavilion.
"We're making the area a lot nicer and helping the tables last a few more years," Schneider said. "We use this area for celebrations like Memorial Day and July 4."
Eight Eldersburg Home Depot employees worked in Tuesday's heat to improve the American Legion's facilities, donating their time and talent to assist the veterans organization.
"We picked this project because they are vets and we're thanking them for what they've done," said Katie Fuller, team leader of the Home Depot Foundation at the Eldersburg store.
Fuller said the foundation's mission is to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families. Since 2011, the foundation has invested more than $80 million nationwide to support the needs of veterans.
"We're here to help our veterans out. We want to give back to them what they've given to us," volunteer Roxana Ortiz said. "This is the least we can do so they can have some entertainment."
Volunteer Scott Crouse said the project is good for the community and good publicity for the Home Depot Foundation.
"It's my day off," Crouse said. "I'm helping my community and helping my store."
Volunteer Justin Harrell said he felt it is important to help out in his community.
"I can't donate a ton of money, but I can donate my time," he said.