“We want to thank our men and women in uniform as we look at this tree as a symbol of hope, peace, and unity. Its nickname ‘The People’s Tree,’ is a tribute to its special ability to unite us as a nation,” said Frank Cicero, chief operating officer, 84 Lumber.
In a special tribute to veterans and military families, 84 Lumber has also announced a $100,000 donation for the Richmond Fisher House.
“At 84 Lumber, we make it a priority to show appreciation to our military, whether it’s hiring veterans or supporting veteran causes. It is such an honor to support the mission of the Richmond Fisher House, as we help lessen the burden faced by so many families of veterans who want to be close to their loved ones during a terribly stressful time,” said Cicero.
The Fisher House facilities provide lodging to the families of veterans receiving treatment at the Central Virginia VA Health Care System hospital, at no cost.
The recently opened second Fisher House provides lodging for an additional 20 families of veterans and military, allowing them to be close to their loved ones at the most stressful time – during their hospitalization. This will bring the total number of families served by Fisher House at Richmond VAMC to 40 a night, saving military and veterans’ families more than $1.4 million a year.
“We appreciate this generous support from 84 Lumber,” said Wayne Walker, of the Richmond Fisher House. “When a loved one is undergoing medical treatment, having family nearby is critical to recovery. The men and women of 84 Lumber understand that and are dedicated to helping us provide ‘homes away from home’ during this critical time.”
84 Lumber has been a partner to the Fisher House Foundation since 2019.
Fisher Houses have provided free temporary housing to 368,000 military and veterans’ families since the program’s inception in 1990. There are currently 84 houses across the U.S. and Europe, with several more under construction. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites that include private bedrooms and baths.
Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a dining room, and a living room. Since it began, the program has saved families an estimated $451 million in out-of-pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Based in Eighty Four, Pa., 84 Lumber operates more than 250 stores, component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops and engineered wood product centers in over 30 states. 84 Lumber also offers turnkey installation services for a variety of products, including framing, insulation, siding, windows, roofing, decking, and drywall.