Home Dealers lend a hand to school building project in Mexico

Gary and Darnell Thulin represented Campbell River’s own Pioneer Home Hardware Building Centre in Mexico recently by helping to rebuild a children’s elementary school.

Gary and Darnell Thulin represented Campbell River’s own Pioneer Home Hardware Building Centre in Mexico recently by helping to rebuild a children’s elementary school.

More than 100 Home Hardware Dealer-Owners and 20 Home Hardware vendors returned from Home Hardware’s Lumber and Building Materials Convention in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  The yearly, week-long trip  brings together Home Dealers and vendors from across Canada to volunteer their time and help build much needed schools in various areas of Mexico.

“I’d like to extend a thank you to all of the Home Dealers and vendors who contributed not only their time and effort but also their hearts to this great project,” said Paul Straus, President and CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “This yearly volunteer trip proves Home’s commitment to community and its charitable spirit is always hard at work – be it in our own communities’ right here in Canada or in other communities in need around the world.”

Over the course of a week the team was hard at work building and outfitting Jardin de Ninos in Puerto Vallarta. The team helped construct washrooms and a new office for the teachers, and planted trees along the exterior of the school to provide the students some much needed shade and help prevent heat exhaustion from the hot sun.

“Over the course of the week it was amazing to see the school develop and our efforts pay off,” said Bruce White, Vice President, Marketing, LBM. “These school build projects are a tangible way we can put to use the construction expertise of Home Dealers and vendors to help make a meaningful, concrete impact for these school children. We’re already looking forward to next year’s trip.”

Beyond the volunteer time, much of the materials and products used for the project were donated by the vendors. And to ensure the students are ready to start learning on day one in their new building, Home Dealers also donated school supplies.