When U.S. Army veteran Erich Orrick heard Pat McAfee and Coby Fleener of the Indianapolis Colts were interested in his Wish for Our Heroes charity, he knew he had a great opportunity to help veterans. Little did he know the veteran helped was going to be him!
A single dad with two daughters, Orrick’s charity assists active duty service members in hardship situatons. From the Wish For Our Heroes site:
Wish for Our Heroes arranged for Colts punter McAfee and tight end Fleener to meet Orrick – and to thank him for his service and volunteer work, they gave him a weekend trip to Chicago. However, while Orrick took his family on the trip, the hhgregg team, McAfee, Fleener, and the Biehle family secretly gave the Orrick house a major makeover.
To pay it forward to Erich, who does so much for his country, community and family, we outfitted his home with the latest electronics, furniture and appliances from hhgregg (including a 70” flat-screen TV donated by Sharp, state-of-the-art kitchen appliances from GE, and a Broil King grill, to name a few!). McAfee and Fleener also donated $5,000 to Wish for Our Heroes in Orrick’s honor. After the renovations, Orrick continued to “pay it forward” by giving his previously owned furniture to a military family in need.
About 20 volunteers helped out with this project, spending more than 25 hours redoing Erich’s home in addition to months of planning leading up to the project. Jeff Pearson, hhgregg’s Senior Vice President, Marketing, adds, “We’re committed to helping create the homes of our customers’ dreams and enriching the lives of those in our communities . . . We’re proud to be a part of making such a deserving community leader’s home even happier.”
Veteran Receives Surprise Home Makeover
Learn more about Wish For Our Heroes: http://www.wishforourheroes.org
Special thanks to GE, Sharp, Cuisinart, Broil King, HP, Ground Floor Creative, the Biehle family, and all of our volunteers!