Team Depot Transforms Military Family's Backyard

October 12, 2017 06:18 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- A team of volunteers has been working for three days, to transform a local military family’s backyard. 

The Delaney family has been in Texas all week while more than a thousand miles away in Rochester their grass was being torn up and the kid's playset torn down.


"You hear about this happening to other people all the time," said Sergeant First Class, Jeremy Delaney.

 "Yeah, but not us," said Carrie Delaney, Jeremy’s wife.

 "It's kind of surreal that it's happening. I just think it's very wonderful," said Jeremy.

The work is being made possible through a veteran’s project called Team Depot.

 "I went over to Iraq and Kuwait in May of 2016, and then I just came back in February of 2017."

With Jeremy currently stationed in Texas, Carrie has to juggle caring for the kids, working full-time, going to school, and keeping up with the home and yard work. 

"Their yard was in a rye a little bit, he was deployed, she was unable to take care of her yard the way it really needed to be done," said Lanny Tippetts, volunteer with The Home Depot.

 So, more than 25 members of Team Depot went to work.

 "This is really great for Logan to have."

Jeremy and Carrie’s 6-year-old boy Logan has Down Syndrome and the playset his older siblings used was dangerous for him.

 "It really hurt me that he couldn't go outside and play, you know without getting hurt himself and that's just wrong,” said Lanny.

 One of the projects is a new clubhouse.

 "We're adding a tornado slide onto the side of it. I mean it's basically going to be a gymnasium inside that he's not going to ever have to worry about falling off of and getting hurt,” said Lanny.

 The clubhouse will be decked out in baseball gear donated by the Minnesota Twins, the Northwoods League and the Honkers.

 "I'm just excited for him to be able to actually see when all the baseball stuff comes into play," Lanny said.

 Jeremy, Carrie and Logan came home Wednesday night from Texas to a deck with safer railings, a pathway to an 18 by 18-foot patio and a flagpole they've always wanted.

 "They were a little shocked," said Lanny as her choked up.

 "It really is a great tribute to you for all that you do for us, for our family, for our country," said Carrie as she looked at Jeremy.

 But there was another surprise. 

"We reached out to one of the lawn care companies and they're going to come and do all your snow removal for the entire winter. Then in the spring, we're going to take turns coming to mow your yard for you," said Lanny to Jeremy and Carrie.

 The project is part of The Home Depot's annual celebration of service campaign. Jeremy will be moving back home to Minnesota in May.


Marissa Collins

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