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Military family gets home makeover help from Heroes in Action

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

There's a lot of cutting and hammering going on at the Matthews home in south Toledo.

Justin Matthews is an airman with the Air National Guard, based out of Selfridge Air Force base near Detroit.

He's been unemployed, and is raising his 12 year-old daughter Hannah, who has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism.

"The house was mostly a work in progress when I got the keys for it and with these guys' help, I mean, this was basically a storage unit," said Mr. Matthews.

Ten local Home Depot workers are giving up their time to completely renovate the second floor for a new bedroom for Hannah.

The Home Depot is even donating the materials.

"We had to start from scratch. This place was covered with plaster and we tore it all the way out to the studs, re-dry walled everything as we went through," said Mike Nutter, of the Home Depot.

"Well we support our military. And we do a lot of projects for our military. This is probably our fourth mini home makeover," said Dawn Heisler of Heroes in Action, a support group for military members that helped co-ordinate the makeover.

The renovations should be done within a week.

Hanna says she's thankful and excited.

"Umm I think it's really great. I've been waiting for this room for a few years," said Hannah Matthews.

"It will be the first little bit of privacy she's had since we've moved," said Mr. Matthews.

"Heroes in Action" is still looking for a plumber to donate their services so they can finish the project.

They can be reached at 419-699-3439.

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