Complete strangers and the Crestwood Home Depot are helping a local veteran with a home renovation project.
Karl Harper lives in Cahaba Heights and is a Navy veteran. He is blind, has a prosthetic leg and has had medical complications in the past.
What was supposed to be a quick trip to the hardware store for some supplies has now turned into a home renovation that was completely out of the blue.
"Forty guys showed up this morning at 7:00," said Harper.
And dozens more will be back bright and early Thursday morning. They're volunteers from Home Depot and they're all helping to make Harper's life a little easier.
He served his country for six years anduring his service he was exposed to chemicals leading to a long list of medical problems.
"I ended up with diabetes out of it. Lost my leg out of it. Went blind," Harper said.
Through a grant from Special Adaptive Housing Harper was able to make his home more handicap accessible.
As the project was finishing up his daughter-in-law ran to the Crestwood Home Depot to grab more tile to complete a room in the house.
She noticed the store advertised that it helped veterans so she asked about it.
"She was just hoping she could get a discount," Harper said.
Instead, Harper received more than just a discount on tile. Tuesday morning volunteers scoped out his yard and began work Wednesday morning.
"They come out before the construction was over to bring the tile and things like give me the handicap rails for my bathroom, the lights. the lights in the bathroom, they're just amazing," said Harper.
Add to that a re-landscaped yard, an adjustment to the fence and even a gazebo.
"Words can't describe it. It's just amazing," said Harper.
Three Hots and a Cot along with Home Depot are sponsoring the renovations.
Another crew of about 30 volunteers will be at Harper's home Thursday morning to finish the projects.
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