MENTOR, Ohio - To help commemorate Veterans Day, employees of the Great Lakes Mall Sears store surprised Sgt. Daniel Lewis and his family by presenting them will gifts of kitchen appliances and a gift card to be used for other items in the store.
The Lewis family was chosen from the Heroes at Home Wish Registry . Sears stores nationwide participate in the program that helps servicemen and women, and their families as they make the transition from the military to civilian life.
Store manager Tonja Ross and store employees greeted the Lewis’s as they approached the store with a spirited round of applause. She thanked Sgt. Lewis for his service, and let his family and those in attendance know that Sears recognizes and appreciates the sacrifices that veterans make now and throughout the years.
For the past five years, the Heroes at Home Wish registry has raised $17 million through customer donations and has helped more than 83,000 military families during the holidays. All of the funds donated by Sears customers are equally distributed to registered military families in the form of Sears e-gift cards.
Sgt. Lewis has been staying in the Baltimore area looking for employment while his wife, Michelle, and three daughters are living in Painesville. Recently, Sgt. Lewis found work and plans to move to a home in Maryland before the end of the year. The Heroes at Home Registry program presented them with kitchen appliances to help make setting up in their new home a little easier.
Similar presentations took place in many Sears stores nationwide in honor of Veterans Day.
Donations for the Heroes at Home Registry will be taken until Nov. 16 and can be made by going to Sears.com .
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