Port Arthur residents surprised with 'makeover' on Harvey damaged homes

Port Arthur man whose home destroyed by Harvey surprised with refurbished, refurnished home

PORT ARTHUR - Two Port Arthur families whose homes were destroyed by Harvey got a pleasant surprise Wednesday when they were presented their rebuilt homes.

Operation Blessing team leaders along with  50 Home Depot volunteers and representatives from each partner group were on hand to surprise the residents with their new homes.

Operation Blessing International along with partners, Cathedral Church, the Rebuild Texas Fund, Home Depot and the Cleveland Indians worked together to secretly rebuild and refurbish the resident's homes according to a release from Operation Blessing.

Operation Blessing, which has been working in Port Arthur since the storm, came across the two residents while working in the area the release said.

Allen Abshire's home was stripped down to the studs and the veteran, who recently lost his wife of 55 years, was still living in the home the release said.

Abshire's only piece of furniture was a water-logged wooden chair and the only privacy afforded inside the house was a piece of cardboard propped against the studs in what was left of his bathroom.

The groups rebuilt Abshire's home with new walls, floors, electrical, appliances and furnishings.

The next family is being surprised this afternoon.

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