Tower FCU, Gilbane Building Co. employees renovate Laurel home during Christmas in April

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.

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