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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Volunteers pitch in to renovate Fort Hero Veterans Barracks

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  • Volunteers went out to Fort Hero Veterans Barracks Thursday to help with the renovations to the building that will be used to house homeless veterans.
    Keller Williams Realty sent volunteers to assist as part of their RED day, a nationwide event where the company encourages their employees to spend the day helping out the community. RED stands for renew, energize and donate.
    “We saw this need and thought it was wonderful,” employee Kathy Patrick said.
    Volunteers helped by painting rooms and one of the hallways as well as cleaning up.
    Members of the Louisiana Dutch Oven Society also donated their time by serving lunch for the volunteers.
    The building that is being renovated was donated to the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Association by Bishop Johnson and was in poor condition when the renovations first started according to the Project Manager and Northeast Louisiana Veterans Association President Assistant Roy Cook.
    “We're going to try to open one bay at a time,” Cook said. “Then later on, we'll try and get a grant.”
    Cook also said that the organization got a good deal with Bastrop Glass for the windows. Home Depot has agreed to donate the paint for the outside of the building.
    The building currently has temporary electricity and water. The next plan is to get permanent electricity and install a security system to prevent break-ins. There has already been a major break-in since work started on the building. Several items were stolen including beds, an American flag and a wheelchair. According to Cook, there is a $1,000 reward out for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thieves.
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