BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
CENTERVILLE – “Things like this don’t happen a lot,” said the woman who stopped in at the Clipper to share a good deed she had witnessed.
Though she asked her name not be used, she was anxious to give credit to those who helped complete a project she’d started.
It was some months ago that the woman started going to Home Depot, watching the price on picnic tables drop.
She was concerned for a neighbor who had health problems, and wanted her to get a new picnic table for Christmas.
When she told an employee at Home Depot about why she was interested in getting the lowest price possible, they offered to take on the project themselves.
“She said her familiy doesn’t give presents to each other anymore, but they look for someone in need in their neighborhood to help,” said store manager Stephanie Carlisle.
“She was worried about her neighbor, whose picnic table was destroyed and thrown away, so she doesn’t come outside anymore,” said Carlisle.
But the concerned friend could only spend $50, said Carlisle, so store employees got Carlisle’s permission to build and finish the table themselves.
“We do stuff like this all the time,” said Carlisle, who said store employees are now remodeling a home to make it handicap-accessible for a veteran.
“Any time we can help each other out, that’s a huge bonus,” said Carlisle.
There were lots of tears, said the Clipper visitor, as she learned to what extent employees would go to help her help her neighbor.
“They’ve made so many people happy Р including me,” she said.
A table was custom built by Tim London, a Home Depot employee. Tammy Pace, another employee, painted the table and added tile to protect it from hot dishes.
The table was later delivered to the concerned neighbor, who has plans to play Santa and leave it with her friend in need on Christmas Eve.
“It was pretty nifty,” said Carlisle. “She deserves the credit for wanting to help. We gave her a little award for community involvement.”
“It’s a warm, fuzzy thing,” said the concerned neighbor. “Everybody that worked on it was really, really nice. It will make the lady feel so good.”