As a small locally owned business we struggle sometimes to make the dollars we spend each year truly matter. This past year we believe we were able to do that!
The ‘Idea’… Each year, as the world gets a bit smaller and tensions between the United States and other countries become more strained, our troops are sent to places far away to defend our freedoms and way of life. And, each year, those troops come back to civilian life affected by their service. Nate’s Plumbing wanted to do something to help these veterans. April Velilla, a former employee, suggested, in lieu of the gift baskets we’ve done in the past, that we do what we do best…plumbing! What she suggested was to select a veteran who needed a bathroom remodel and donate our services to provide a bathroom remodel free of charge. We thought that was a fantastic idea and moved forward with that suggestion.
The Happenstance and Selectee… As it happens, shortly after the above suggestion, Nathan was called out to fix a leak in a wall between the kitchen and bathroom of a small, modest farmhouse with one bathroom on some land out past Battle Ground Lake. As Nathan drove away, he passed a flagpole and under the American flag was the U.S. Marine Corps flag.
The small modest farmhouse was owned by Herb and Dixie Berg, a retired couple who have made Battle Ground their home for the past 35+ years. Herb is a proud former Marine. He was based out of Camp Pendleton California from 1958 to 1963 and was with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment, 1st Division which was nicknamed the Dark Horse. He also served on the aircraft carrier USS Ranger of the Pacific Fleet in the 5th Marines Carrier Group, doing weapons security for 2 of those years. As Herb has gotten older it’s become more difficult for him to step in and out of the bathtub and shower. Being retired and on a fixed income has made it tough to consider spending money to remodel the house’s only bathroom.
Long story short…Herb and Dixie Berg became the recipients of a complimentary bathroom remodel!
Let us know if you know of a veteran who needs a bathroom remodel! We hope you all have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year!