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Volunteers Giving World War II Veteran’s Great Neck Home A Facelift

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Audrey and Collington Foster in their home - Great Neck, NY - Apr 21, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

Audrey and Collington Foster in their home – Great Neck, NY – Apr 21, 2011 (credit: Sophia Hall / WCBS 880)

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GREAT NECK, NY (WCBS 880) - There are dozens of volunteers busy in nearly every inch of a two-story home in Great Neck, Long Island.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall: Sears Has Donated The Materials

It is the home of Collington Foster, a World War II veteran who recently had a stroke.

The home needed to be redone so that Foster could be able to get through the front door, go upstairs, and use the kitchen and bathroom.

He told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall that he is very thankful: “It proves that America is the best country.”

He has been married to his wife Audrey for 61 years. She says she is very happy for the help.

“Thank you. All I can say is thank you,” she says. “It was beautiful for them to do it, so it means a lot to us.”

Robert Ellis of Rebuilding Together Long Island says Sears donated the materials.

“We’ve already ripped up the kitchen floor and the hall floor because it has to take the weight of a wheelchair.  We put a chair lift in going to the second floor. We have people painting the outside of the house,” said Ellis. “We are painting and putting a chair lift on the staircases.”

They expect to be finished by Monday.

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