October 24, 2021

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Veteran joins forces with Home Depot volunteers to refurbish Lisle museum campus

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At the close of a extended working day, Don Smith likes to just take a second and bask in the pleasure of challenging labor.

He’s carried out that where ever he is recruited volunteers to beautify parts of Lisle with paint, bouquets and sweat.

“It is really enjoyable when you glance again and see what people today attain,” Smith states.

For the much better part of a decade, Smith has been securing thousands of pounds in grants from the Household Depot Foundation for improvement initiatives all around the village. House Depot staff members then give of their own time carrying out Smith’s eyesight.

Their perform can be observed in the renovated homes of veterans, a lakeside park at Benedictine College and an out of doors deck crafted for Lisle VFW Post No. 5696.

Much more not too long ago, Smith and about 130 Residence Depot employees, neighbors and village officials spent a working day final 7 days refurbishing the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park, a campus that celebrates the village’s railroad history and recreates 19th century daily life.

“He has wonderful electrical power,” Lisle Trustee Cathy Cawiezel claimed of Smith. “He’s a perfectionist, and he is just always, normally searching for chances to make somebody’s lifestyle better as a result of these grants.”

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Check with him about the motivating power powering the jobs, and Smith only suggests it’s his “way of offering again.”

“I was in Vietnam for 15½ months, and I got dwelling standing upright, so I am thankful for that,” he mentioned.

Smith would not open up up about his provider in the 68th Assault Helicopter Business. He also retains his position behind the scenes, laying the groundwork for Property Depot crews, near to the vest.

“It can be astounding to look at so a lot get completed in 1 working day mainly because of the several hands involved, but I you should not think any individual has any inkling of how a lot state-of-the-art perform goes into this,” Cawiezel mentioned.

Smith completes the grant application procedure, identifies and acquires developing products, enlists volunteers and assures they’re fed breakfast and lunch. About 25 places to eat contributed a feast akin to a “Style of Lisle” for those lending a hand at the museum campus.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

“It involves a large amount of going elements,” Smith reported.

Smith also labored with the Lisle Heritage Modern society so that all the enhancements to the museum house had been “time period suitable,” reported Cawiezel, a board member of the nonprofit group.

Volunteers changed gravel with brick pavers to make it much easier for persons who use wheelchairs to obtain the museum web site, which is owned by the Lisle Park District and includes a farmhouse, tavern, blacksmith shop, railroad caboose and practice depot.

Dwelling Depot teams also planted perennials all over the campus, touched up painting and added fencing.

“We did a large amount of work in eight hrs in the warmth, but the location appears to be 100% superior,” Smith claimed.

People can see the fruits of that labor through Depot Times on Sept. 18-19.

Following a pandemic-induced hiatus, the competition will return to the museum venue with a vintage car or truck show, a design railroad and demonstrations of beehive oven baking and blacksmithing. Pony rides will be a new addition this calendar year, Cawiezel mentioned.

And Smith? He has no designs to halt finding grant-funded initiatives.

“The ethical of the tale is on to the upcoming a person,” he said.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

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