Veteran receives surprise of a lifetime with newly remodeled home

Allen Abshire almost lost his home after Harvey but thanks to operation Blessing and volunteers, Mr. Abshire has a newly remodeled home.

PORT ARTHUR - PORT ARTHUR -- A huge welcome home celebration for a Port Arthur veteran. Allen Abshire's home was almost destroyed after Harvey. Dozens of volunteers with Operation Blessing and Home Depot, along with donations from the Cleveland Indians, Cathedral Church and The Rebuild Texas Fund, came together to rebuild his once destroyed home.

"Thank you all -- you are all a blessing"

       It has been a tough year for Mr. Abshire. In January, he lost his wife of 55 years. Then Harvey hit in August and he was close to losing the one thing that meant so much to him and his wife, his home. The veteran had been living in a tent in his back yard. The only privacy he had when going to the bathroom was a cut open cardboard box.

       It look volunteers about 2 weeks to complete the project. 

       Mr. Abshire walked from room to room reminiscing about the memories hanging on the walls. And one special memory he shared with his wife, now hangs above his bed.

"Good night, God bless you, I love you -- we use to say this every night before bed, and then I took it up and started saying that."

       An interesting fact, Mr Abshire is a "Golden Gloves" boxer. He told the story about how he had to retire -- after a bad hit to the head, doctors said it was time to retire the fists.

     After is was all said and done, the last thing Allen Abshire said was that when everyone leaves he is going to sit down and enjoy his new chair and watch some TV.

       If you wish to help volunteer with Operation Blessing, you can go to operationblessing.org and click on the volunteer tab.

 

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