A welcome home fit for a hero is how 93-year-old Elbert Wood re-entered his home nearly three weeks after it was burglarized and ransacked by two teen vandals. Tuesday, thanks to the countless hours of donated labor, the home looked vastly different.
"It's magnificent," said Wood as he entered the house. His faith in humanity, he says has been restored by the outpouring of support from strangers.
"It was really bad for me when I first came. This could've been your grandparent's house or my grandparents' house," said Bert Harvey with Gehan Homes oversaw the project not just to repair what was damaged, but to make sure this World War III vet gets what he says he deserves.
"Everyone here showed up with a smile on their face, they came early they stayed late and just did what it took to get it done," said Harvey. Two weeks later the Wood home has a new roof, electrical system, new flooring and freshly painted walls. The items he cherished for years were also restored.
"I'm just amazed by this, I've never.. nothing like this has ever happened before," said Wood. A security fence and system and surveillance cameras have also been installed. It's a blessing for Wood's sons who holding back tears say they couldn't afford to do this for their father.
"There were more volunteers than there was work to do. I don't know what you can say but people came together to take care of my dad," said Mark Wood.
Each person who had a hand in putting the home back together took time to meet with Wood.
The donations didn't just stop there. $45,000 were also collected for Wood for whatever he may need.