Home Depot employees assist Denison man with junk pile

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

DENISON, TX -- No one is sure just how long this spot has been used for an illegal dumping site. It's about 20 feet tall. But, despite that and a little bit of rain Monday, local Home Depot employees volunteered their time and filled up a dumpster to the brim, to help Tim Redford.

"There's a little bit of everything in there," Sherman Home Depot manager Michael Alexander said.

"It's a big pile of junk! But, I don't think it's anything that we can't take care of," Team Depot captain, Barbara Barth said.

Spirits were high, and so was this pile of junk, as this group of Sherman Home Depot employees loaded it all into the dumpster behind Tim Redford's home. Redford is disabled, and the pile is too large for him to clean up alone.

"There's no way I could've done it all. No way," Redford said.

These volunteers are part of Team Depot, and work on many community service projects. Once they heard about the problem, they immediately stepped in to help.

"We said 'Hey, we can come out here and help Mr. Redford'. If the city wasn't going to necessarily come out here, then hey that's something Home Depot is certainly able to help out with," Alexander said.

"We'll tackle it. Not saying we can get it all, but we'll get a portion of it," employee Cathy Sharp said.

Redford says the junk is both a fire hazard and health hazard. After hearing about the mess, several other people have dropped by to help out, and he says he's thankful for the support he's received.

"To be honest I didn't think any one would ever show up" Redford said.

"This is definitely one of our favorite parts of what we do, every one of us. It's giving back to our community and seeing what we can do to help," Alexander said.

"The favorite part of my job is being able to help and do stuff like this," Sharp said.

The city's already brought in an empty dumpster. Home Depot employees say they'll be back to fill it up again.

The city's already brought in an empty dumpster.
Home Depot employees say they'll be back to fill it up again.


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