Home Depot crew to the rescue

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On Friday, Aug. 24, a team of Home Depot employees work on removing a tree that fell during the June 30 storm, blocking the entrance to Larry Frambes front door. On Friday, Aug. 24, a team of Home Depot employees work on removing a tree that fell during the June 30 storm, blocking the entrance to Larry Frambes front door.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – On Friday, Aug. 24, members of The Home Depot’s charitable outreach program, Team Depot, an employee-led volunteer program, helped cut and remove a large tree that had fallen during the June 30 derecho at a resident's home along Regga Avenue. The large silver maple tree had uprooted during the storm and had been blocking the entrance to front door of Larry Frambes’ Cardiff area home ever since.

Rita Karstenn, a team captain, said the company routinely helps mostly nonprofit agencies, but she noticed the resident might need some help removing the tree.

 "Several of the employees from the EHT store noticed that the tree was still there over a month later," Karstenn said. "I left a note for Mr. Frambes to contact me to see if we could help him out. When I recieved his returned call, we jumped at the chance to help one of our Home Depot neighbors. Mr Frambes was in the National Guard for 6 years here in South Jersey. If we can help one of our veterans, we will do all that we can."

The Cape May Home Depot also supplied laborers and the Absecon Home Depot provided the supplies to get the job done. "The three-foot-around tree trunk with the 12-foot-plus root system will be removed from YOOS Tree Service at no charge as a community service project of their own," she said.

The Home Depot Foundation helps veterans, along with other organizations that assist in non-profit volunteer projects.

Karstenn said while the group usually works on larger projects, she wanted to help her neighbor. "I drive by his house everyday. It was breaking my heart to see that it was still there. He had been entering and exiting his house either from the garage or from the back door since the storm."

On Friday, Aug. 24, a team of Home Depot employees work on removing a tree that fell during the June 30 storm, blocking the entrance to Larry Frambes front door On Friday, Aug. 24, a team of Home Depot employees work on removing a tree that fell during the June 30 storm, blocking the entrance to Larry Frambes front door. A large silver maple had been blocking the front entrance to the EHT resident's home since June 30 A large silver maple had been blocking the front entrance to the EHT resident's home since June 30

Team Depot members helped cut down the tree on Friday, Aug. 24 Team Depot members helped cut down the tree on Friday, Aug. 24


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