Moore hardware store lending hand with tornado clean up

Posted on: 3:59 pm, May 28, 2013, by and , updated on: 05:38pm, May 28, 2013

MOORE, Okla. - Home Depot sent more than 300 of their employees to Moore to help out with anything they can Tuesday.

Employees from all over the country met in Dallas, loaded up a bus and headed our way.

The group in orange is full of skilled technicians, plumbers, contractors and more.

They are divided into small groups to travel from house to house doing anything the City of Moore asks of them.

The captain of Team Depot, Derrick Southward, said this is not their first rodeo.

“Every major storm event that we’ve had in North America,” Southward said.”From Sandy, Irene even back to Kartina.”

Southward is usually the general manager of a Home Depot location in Dallas.

Tuesday he gave up his desk and computer for boots and gloves.

He said it is Home Depot’s responsibility.

“Our specific job is to go house to house and to help out,” Southward said. “Clean debris, take down trees, take trash to the curb and just help the people with anything they need.”

With a twist on their classic slogan, “Moore saving, Moore doing” worn on their backs, volunteers are even thanking the homeowners for letting them come out and help.

Samuel Luginu filled out a few forms just a few days ago for help and was surprised to see Home Depot in his front yard.

“They’re just happy to help,” Luginu said. “Happy to help the community and help individuals. Put some smiles back on the faces of the people who are feeling that the wind came and took that smile away.”

Luginu said he can’t even explain what the extra hands mean to him.

He said he can definitely see there is more to this huge corporation than just making money.

“It proves that they are not just in it for the profits they are making,” Luginu said. “But that they can pour back into the community, because those profits come from the people who are in the community.”

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