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Lowes helps with improvements to burn victims home
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Members of the Lowe’s Heroes team put together steps to help Paul Seckinger get in and out of his house. Seckinger, badly injured in the Imperial Sugar refinery blast and fire, is scheduled to come home Friday from the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. - photo by Photo by Sandi Van Orden

Paul Seckinger is scheduled to come home today from the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. In preparation for his arrival, the Lowe’s Heroes program is making some improvements.

“Lowe’s Heroes is a company-wide volunteer initiative where each year, Lowe’s employees nationwide dedicate thousands of volunteer hours to address individual safety concerns of their own communities,” Heather Bradley  of Lowe’s said. “Lowe’s Heroes teams partner with local organizations to focus on issues that are happening within the community.”

Bradley said the Rincon Lowe’s decided to partner with the United Way’s Hammers, Hearts and Hands.

“This organization assesses the needs of people in the community who have either special needs or safety concerns within the home,” she said.

Lowe’s chose Seckinger, an Effingham County native badly burned in the February explosion at the Imperial Sugar refinery in Port Wentworth.

"We wanted to do something for a member of our community who was do greatly affected," Bradley said. "His home needed to be converted into a safe environment that fits his special needs. He needed a new porch with sturdy handrails, hepa filters, a Dyson vacuum cleaner with a hepa filter, as well as some modifications to his bathroom.”

Three Lowe’s employees, Brian Goode, Al Silver and Rob Gross, volunteered to help out with the project.

Lowe’s is a supporter of Habitat for Humanity International, American Red Cross, United Way of America, and the Home Safety Council, in addition to numerous non-profit organizations and programs that help communities across the country.