CHARLOTTE, N.C. DIY celebrity Ty Pennington set hammers swinging Monday at The Craftsman HouseUnited build in CarolinaFests Legacy Village.
Between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Democratic National Convention delegates volunteered to paint, install molding, siding and electrical installments in the home a local veteran will receive.
Larry Costello, spokesman for Sears and Craftsman, said more than 15 state delegations came by to lend a hand. Its been a terrific build, he said, noting both pieces will be joined Tuesday at its permanent location in the Belmont neighborhood.
The finished three-bedroom, two-bath home will measure 1,670 square feet and had its first half constructed by eight state delegations at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Costello said. This is something that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on.
Pennington said he stays out of politics but appreciates anyone who volunteers their time.
People are working together and doing something really cool in the community, he said. In the end, a military veteran really gets this home, and thats what its all about.
Illinois delegate Maria Medina, 42, said, I want to give back to the veterans that have helped out this country. Were all in this together.
HouseUnited is working with service organizations to identify potential applicants, and the veteran recipient likely will be selected in October, Costello said.
Vermont delegate Robert Hooper, 61, is a U.S. Army veteran and said volunteering made perfect sense. This is a veterans house, and I used to build houses. I was a contractor, he said. Hooper installed a ceiling fan at the build and said the muggy heat didnt faze him.
In the construction business, it always seems like youre working inside when its hot and outside when its cold. Its like Murphys Law, he said with a laugh. But Ive seen a lot of friends, and its been a good time.