Navy helps Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Navy helps Habitat for Humanity ReStore


Sailors from the Navy Recruiting District – Houston Division 4 assisted at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Beaumont on Friday, Sept. 27, as their quarterly “Day in the District” volunteer program. 

Chief John R. Brown said the “Day in the District” is a good way to meet people in the community and a great way to help others. 

“Once a quarter, we reach out to volunteer in a community in our district,” Brown explained prior to the event. “This Friday (Sept. 27), we will be working at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. … Some of the sailors will be from the Beaumont/Port Arthur area while others are from the Houston, Lake Charles and DeRidder (area).” 

The group of 10 volunteers gathered at the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit on display at Edison Plaza at 350 Pine St. in Beaumont through Oct. 6 prior to traveling to the Habitat ReStore warehouse at 610 Trinity St. Sailors perused the wall of dog tags hanging on display at the exhibit and marveled at a scale model of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument sculpted by renowned artist Duke Sundt, who is also responsible for the creation of the larger scale 14-foot tall bronze sculpture that is being erected on the northeast side of the Capitol in Austin. The sculpture is a memorial to the 3,417 Texans who died in Vietnam, and ground was broken at the monument site March 25. The monument will be dedicated March 29, 2014. 

Chief David Williams called the exhibit “awesome,” and said he was glad to see veterans honored in such grand fashion. 

“We are carrying on their legacy,” Williams said. “We are really happy to come out and do something in the community. We’re out here to do great things.” 

After paying tribute to the Texan heroes, the sailors loaded up and headed to the ReStore. They reorganized inventory at the resale retailer ReStore, which sells donated items like gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances with the proceeds dedicated to Habitat for Humanity for building homes locally and around the world. The sailors also helped clean up around the warehouse. 

Chief John Brown led the volunteer crew that included Chief David Williams, Chief Lamar Golden, MC1 Jacob Dillon, PO1 Sean Causey, PO1 Daniel Figueroa, PO2 Andrea Washington, PO2 Bobby Mathers, PO2 Julius Thomas, PO2 Alejandro Benito and PO2 Heber Odom.