Campbell Co. Vet's Home Restored By Non-Profit Organization

Campbell Co., VA - A Campbell County couple is having their home restored thanks to the efforts of a national non-profit. Herman Darbro, 82, is a veteran whose home needs a lot of work. This weekend the organization began to replace his floors. Rebuilding Together is a national non-profit organization that helps mainly elderly and disabled people stay in their homes. The Campbell County Chapter is working on the Darbro's home. They say if they can help improve quality of life for any one, they've done their job. "We have such a long waiting list and so many projects that need to be done," said Mike Daly, Board President Rebuilding Together Campbell County. This particular case really stood out, however.{} Herman Darbro and his wife are disabled. He served in the Army, Virginia Defense Force, and the National Guard. "I retired with 21 years six months and 26 days," Darbro said. They've lived in their home for 18 years and the floors are deteriorating. Darbro says he fell through one of the holes and broke his leg and has had many other health complications. "We just felt like we really needed to help them out and we were so appreciative that he served his country and we always like to help veterans when we can," Daly explained. "I've always had a place in my heart for the veterans for the one's that gave us the right to do what we're doing right now," said Chris Thomas, Project Coordinator for Rebuilding Together. Rebuilding Together replaced the kitchen floor and will eventually replace the floors in the entire home. The crew, made up of six volunteers, run completely on donations. The project was funded partly by the United Way. "If we can get out there and just do some simple things to kind of improve the quality of their life, that's what we want to do," Daly said. The help couldn't mean more. "I'm sitting on part of the new floor now, the next two Saturdays they will come and finish up, and it's very much appreciated. We can walk without getting hurt now," Darbro said. For the volunteers, it's what they do best. "It's the satisfaction of the heart, not the size of your bank account or what you drive but it's in somebody's face with a genuine reaction of appreciation," Thomas said. Darbro says Rebuilding Together has plans to replace all the floors, but at this time they don't have the funds. He says there is also some damage to the walls that needs to be taken care of. If you would like to help fund this project or would like to learn more, click here.