Another long day is in the books. We flew into Pittsburgh at about 1:00 am this morning, stayed in yet another hotel, woke up at 8 am, got some java in us, quick Target trip, not so quick Ikea trip, drive an hour and some change back to Morgantown, put together various pieces of furniture, pick up dogs, unpack, wash clothes, and finally blog. Even though I’m exhausted I’m so thankful to have our downstairs office complete. As you’ve probably already figured out this would not have been possible without some essential tools like a hammer, some nails, and a screwdriver. Just like yesterday, it may not be the coolest or sexiest invention known to man, but it gets the job done.
Tools like the screwdriver are also vital to helping build new homes. Homes For Our Troops is using their tools to build houses for veterans who have returned home after serving our country with serious injuries or disabilities. Founded seven years ago and builds theses houses at absolutely no cost to the veterans themselves. HFOT raises all of the money needed to buy the building supplies for the home, labor needed to put all the pieces of the puzzles together, or the funds needed to adapt homes into handicap accessible buildings. HFOT has built homes all across the United States and is expanding even further daily. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, giving a home to the people who volunteered to put their own lives at risk for our safety seems like a small price to pay. The Nepal Youth Foundation is also building homes, but for a little bit of a different crowd. NYF has built children’s homes, and are in the process of building student housing in the impoverished Himalayan country of Nepal. The J House (for boys) and the K House (for girls) are two of the very best children’s homes for those who have been abandoned, orphaned, or disabled in the entire country. Student housing is so important because some students walk at least three hours a day to get to school. Building dormitories closer to the schools will reduce the drop-out rate and give the students more time to study, which are both very good things. A little shelter goes a long way.
Homes Four Our Troops Donation
Nepal Youth Foundation Donation
So here’s to you screwdrivers! I don’t know a lot of people who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you. I also don’t know too many who don’t know how to use you. You can build houses, shelves, desks, couches, chairs, bookshelves, and the list goes on and on. There’s really nothing else to say. You’re awesome. The end.