Miami Dolphins give Korean war vet home makeover
HOLLYWOOD Fla. (WSVN) -- Volunteers, including several Miami Dolphins players, gathered Tuesday morning to show appreciation to veterans and their families.
As part of a military appreciation activity, Fins players, along with members of the team's Women's Organization (MDWO) and its Special Teams Program joined Rebuilding Together to begin renovating the home of Donald McEnany. McEnany is an 81-year-old Korean War veteran living in Hollywood.
McEnany and his wife Mary have been married for over 50 years. The interior and exterior modifications and repairs done by the Dolphins and Rebuilding Together will assist them in improving their living conditions.
Mary McEnany said, "It gives us some hope because we are getting beyond our years. I am 74, and he's 81."
Volunteers showed their appreciation by adding a fresh coat of paint to the house, cutting down trees and clearing out the yard.
Miami Dolphin running back Marcus Thigpen was among the players getting their hands dirty off the field and in the back yard of this Hollywood residence. He said, "Yeah, I got a few family members in the military. It's tough for them to do stuff like this. They have been in this house for 50 years, and there's definitely no wear and tear in it."
Volunteer Vince Pannozzo added, "It's really cool to see the stories that he has with the house since he's been here for a really long time and anything we can do to help out to make it a little bit better."
The McEnany family has lived in the home for 45 years and are unable to believe the help they are receiving.
Mary McEnany said, "I am overwhelmed, just so grateful. I can't believe this is happening. I am not sure if this is a dream or not. I am just so appreciative."
The family will receive furniture from Rooms To Go on Dec. 4.
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