Duquesne Light Company and the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show Join Forces With Homes for our Troops To Help Local Soldier
PITTSBURGH, March 7 /PRNewswireJames Fair's story is one that's
heard on almost a daily basis: a U.S. soldier in Iraq sustains a
life-altering injury due to a roadside bomb. In James' case, an explosion
in November 2003 left the Coraopolis soldier completely blind and took both
of his hands. The blast also sent shrapnel throughout James' body, severely
injuring his right leg and causing a traumatic brain injury.
Fast forward to 2007, where Duquesne Light and the Home & Garden Show
are teaming up with Homes for our Troops to assist James as he continues to
move forward in his recovery. Their goal is to raise funds to build James a
new home, at no cost to his family, that is carefully and thoroughly
adapted to meet his special needs.
"Since James no longer has hands, his challenges for overcoming
blindness are significantly greater than most who are blind," said John
Gonsalves, president and founder of Taunton, Mass.-based Homes for our
Troops. "There will be unique home adaptations that few builders have had
to consider, but this young man deserves a place that will allow him to
continue on his path to a normal life."
Some of the items that will be needed for James' unique situation are
voice activated appliances, controls that can be operated with his feet,
proximity readers that open and close doors automatically, and varying
floor textures in each room, so he will be able to sense, by touch, which
room he is in.
During the 2007 Home & Garden Show, scheduled for March 9-18 at the
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Duquesne Light and Homes for our
Troops will display many of the unique products and adaptations that will
go into the new home. Visitors also will have the opportunity to contribute
money toward the project, and with a minimum donation of $5, sign a
personal message to James and his family on a 6-by-40-foot donation wall.
In addition, children will be able to make their own get-well cards for
injured soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. The cards will
be delivered after the Home & Garden Show.
"We feel this is a very important project for Duquesne Light to bring
to the public's attention," said Richard Sieber, corporate communications
manager for the company. "The Home & Garden Show is the perfect venue to
raise awareness, materials and funds to help James and Homes for our
About Homes for our Troops
Homes for our Troops, based in Taunton, Mass., is a non-profit, non-
partisan organization founded in 2004. The organization is strongly
committed to helping those who have selflessly given to their country and
have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries. They assist
injured service men and women and their immediate families by raising
donations of money, building materials and professional labor and
coordinating the process of building a new home or adapting an existing
home for handicapped accessibility. All services provided by Homes for Our
Troops are at no cost to the veterans.
About Duquesne Light Company
Duquesne Light Company is a leader in the transmission and distribution
of electric energy, offering superior customer service and reliability to
more than half a million customers throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.
SOURCE Duquesne Light Company