Volunteers help repair home for St. Cloud Army veteran

More than a dozen volunteers showed up

ST. CLOUD, Fla. – U.S. Army Veteran Specialist Joseph Harris is more than grateful on this Veterans Day.

More than a dozen volunteers from Home Depot and the Osceola Council on Aging showed up to his St. Cloud home with plenty of tools to work and supplies for a major cleanup.

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From trimming branches to painting, those are things Harris said he couldn’t afford doing.

”It makes me feel great. The love in my heart for everybody. I just appreciate it so much,” Harris said.

Harris served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968 during the Vietnam War as a pharmacist and a designated M-14 marksman. He then continued to serve in the Army Reserve.

“To be able to help out a person, especially Joe in this community — we wish we could do this every single day. But we are fortunate to do what we can, and when we can do it, it’s just a privilege and honor,” said Ron Potvin, manager of Home Depot in St. Cloud.

Brielle Parsygnat, 9, was the youngest volunteer helping out Thursday.

“I felt like doing good deeds for other people, and I like helping and volunteering,” she said.

Harris explained he’s honored to have served his country and has a message for those who continue to serve.

“Freedom is not free,” Harris said. “It costs. And it’s a beautiful thing when you have freedom.”

Volunteers also gifted Harris with a new American flag to put in front of his home.

About the Author:

Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!