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Home Depot Has Incredible Surprise for Veterans’ Children

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Seven lucky kids with family members in the military got an incredible surprise this week at the Home Depot parking lot in Compton, California: handmade, one-of-a-kind playhouses!

The playhouses were built by Home Depot employees and volunteers of Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A. as part of the home improvement chain’s 8th annual Celebration of Service campaign.

ABC 7 captured the heartwarming event on video, which you can watch here.

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Volunteers also put together much-needed “wellness kits” for the many homeless veterans in Los Angeles County.

Home Depot is a company with a heart for our military, and more than 35,000 Home Depot employees are veterans. Since 2011, the company has donated more than $250 million to various services which aid veterans in need.

“When it comes to supporting the brave men and women of our armed forces, we’re all in,” The Home Depot Foundation’s website reads.

“Too many of our veterans and their families face major housing challenges, aggravated by issues like unemployment, age and service-related disabilities. Through nonprofit partnerships and hands-on volunteering, we work hard every day to improve the lives of veterans and their families.”

“Through Team Depot, our associate-led volunteer force,” the website continues, “volunteers devote thousands of hours each year to building and repairing homes for those who have served.”

Every year, Home Depot grants millions of dollars to veteran agencies and organizations, creates housing for critically wounded veterans, and works to ensure “aging veterans have a safe place to call home.”

“We’re dedicated to giving back to those who have already given so much for our country, and with more than 35,000 veteran associates, taking care of them is personal to us.”

 

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This Man’s Truck Went Up In Flames, But What Happened Next Has Him Praising God

Even in our worst circumstances, God has an incredible way of showing up and making himself, and his care for us, known.

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Even in our worst circumstances, God has an incredible way of showing up and making himself, and his care for us, known.

This is just what happened to Steven Gaut, an Oklahoma man who could very easily have lost everything had God not clearly had his hand on the situation.

As a single dad to five precious children, life certainly isn’t easy on Gaut, but he gets by and he praises Jesus for what he has.

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Just two weeks before Christmas, Gaut says he went to a local grocery store for dog food while his dad stayed at home with the kids. After returning home from the errand, Gaut took a few moments while the kids were occupied to stash away Christmas presents in the garage.

It’s then that Gaut said he heard a car horn blasting just moments before his oldest son burst into the garage with the urgent message that his truck, his only means of transportation for work, was on fire.

Gaut rushed out to the driveway to discover that his truck, parked just a couple of feet from the family’s home, was completely engulfed in flames. He immediately phoned for help and the Vinita Fire Department arrived within minutes to battle the blaze.

According to Gaut, the fire department surmised that the most likely cause of the fire was a fellow shopper at the grocery store carelessly tossing a cigarette into the truck.

“God sent! If the horn never went off the whole truck and the house would be gone,” Gaut said in a Facebook post sharing security footage of the inferno. “Thank you Jesus…”

Although it most likely wasn’t the first thing on his mind as he stood watching his truck be destroyed, a small, unlikely miracle reminded Gaut that God was still in control: his Bible was totally unharmed by the raging fire.

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The case that contained Gaut’s Bible was utterly destroyed by the fire, but the Bible itself was totally unharmed.

“Heal our broken hearts and the fear that is in the kids’ eyes,” Gaut said in another Facebook post, noting that his family has been deeply shaken up by this close call. “Please help us find an eight-passenger car as soon as possible. Thank you for making sure that we were safe, and saving my Bible. Love you forever, in Jesus’s name, Amen.”

Since his story first went viral, Gaut humbly says he hopes it points more people to Jesus.

When we have eyes to see even God’s smallest miracles in our lives and we focus on him and what he’s done, our fears just melt away.

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FedEx Worker’s Video Goes Viral After She Shares Stunning Reason Why She Made Unexpected Stop on Delivery Route

You truly never know where He may call you to minister to others and share His love with the world.

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I’ve always wondered just what it must be like to be a postman or delivery driver. Visiting so many houses every day, seeing into people’s lives through a collection of short moments, and seeing what they order online, of course.

But for one faithful FedEx driver, one short visit with a stranger led to an incredible experience that answered her constant prayer for God to use her on her route.

Fox News reports that Amanda Riggan, a South Carolina FedEx driver and founder of “Hungry Heroes,” a charity for veterans and first responders, tearfully shared a profound encounter with a customer in a video Facebook video, which ultimately led to a stunning 11 million views.

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After bringing a package to a woman who explained her husband had cancer, Riggans found herself unable to think of anything else as she continued on with her deliveries.

“I drove off, my heart’s pounding. I do probably 20 more stops, and I have to go back,” Riggan shared in a video on Facebook after pulling to the side of the road. “I stopped what I was doing. I went back to that neighborhood. I rang her doorbell…and when she came down the stairs she had tears in eyes. When she saw it was me, she smiled.”

“She came out on the front porch and squeezed me so tight, this lady I’ve never met,” Riggan said, “and I prayed for her and her family — for her husband.”

Riggan used the heartfelt moment as a chance to share about following God.

“I pray every day for the Lord to use me,” Riggan said through tears. “When you feel those tugs on your heartstrings, and you feel like you need to do this, stop and do it.”

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The Bible calls us to serve the Lord in all we do. You truly never know where He may call you to minister to others and share His love with the world.

Riggan was not only able to pray for and comfort this woman, but she was able to share the inspiring experience with 11 million people.

Don’t hide that light of yours under a basket folks, let it shine!

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