A local veteran was the recent recipient of some community goodwill.
World War II veteran Frank Watkins and his wife Lou Etta are long-time Leesburg residents. In December, Paul Davis Restoration contacted Mike Ball, Loudoun County’s veteran services coordinator, to offer free holiday decorating services for local veterans.
The company was put in touch with Watkins, who, while appreciative of the offer, said what his home desperately needed was a new roof. Paul Davis Restoration worked with the county’s veteran services to seek donations from community organizations and businesses to make that project a reality.
Earlier this month, the Watkins’ home received its new roof. It indeed was a community effort, with Home Depot providing all paint supplies; and The Roof Center a partial donation of roofing supplies. Katchmark Construction, The Honorable Order of the Blue Goose, Loudoun Cares, and Loudoun County Veterans Services all donated labor. ERS, Core, and Ashburn Art all gave financial contributions.
“We are thankful to Mr. Watkins for his service and recognize that The Greatest Generation sacrificed much. We are honored to play a role in helping to create a solution for the Watkins’ family home repair needs,” Kevin Sullivan, co-owner of Paul Davis Restoration, stated in a press release. “Community outreach is most gratifying when many hands come together. This has truly been a neighborhood effort.”
But the effort will continue later this month, with volunteers coming together one more time for the family to give the home’s exterior a fresh coat of paint.