In addition to the usual red, white and blue, the American Legion Post 233 in Loganville was cloaked in orange this week as hundreds of volunteers from Home Depot bussed in for a major project.
Post 233 was chosen by the Home Depot Foundation for one of its major renovation projects and this Thursday was the big day. About 350 volunteers arrived from Home Depot stores in Loganville and surrounding areas, including Monroe and Winder, to complete the work. The post has been closed in the weeks leading up to this week to prepare the building for the work. Included in the upgrades were new floors and ceilings and a new bar counter.
The renovations will be revealed in a Grand Opening/Benefit Gala in November.
“It will be Nov. 8 and will feature Ricky Lee as entertainment,” said Richard Norris, who provided the photographs of Thursdays renovations.
Loganville City Councilman Chuck Bagley said the renovation project at the Loganville American Legion was one of only 10 such projects that were approved in the entire nation.The Home Depot Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of Home Depot, according to the Foundation website. The mission of the Home Depot Foundation’s is to ensure that every veteran has a safe place to call home. The day of volunteerism in Loganville also included a Hero Box Project.
“One of those pictures shows volunteers in a line preparing Hero Boxes for deployed troops,” Norris said. The Home Depot Foundation also partners with Hero Box in its support of the troops.
The Barrett-Davis-Watson Post 233 in Loganville has a long history of community service in the area. First chartered in 1919 and later named in honor of Guy J. Barrett, Raymond M. Davis and William L. Watson, Loganville service members who gave their lives in World War II, Post 233 now supports some 64 charities in the area. As well as supporting veterans and deployed troops, the post supports local law enforcement, schools and even has helped with food and shelter for people in the community in need. Since 1946, Post 233 has contributed more than $6 million in charitable donations and projects to the local community. Some of these include:
- Updated lighting at the old Loganville high school in the 1940s
- Built a medical clinic and obtained a doctor for the community in the 1950s
- Donated truck and tractor to the City of Loganville and donated to funds toward the city’s sewer system
- Over the years have made numerous donations to the schools and continue to support the schools
Post 233 is the largest American Legion Post in Georgia