Allegheny Mountain is honored to donate flooring to this American hero's new adaptive home.
January 30, 2020
Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring donated floors to the Gary Sinise Foundation for American hero, Jeremy Haynes. The Gary Sinise Foundation is an organization that builds specially adapted homes for wounded vets.
Today we were humbled meeting Major Jeremy Haynes and his family at their home dedication . Over the last two years I’ve seen his name circling through email conversations while Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring worked with the Gary Sinise Foundation. We finally had the honor to meet him and it was a moving experience that will never be forgotten.
In August 2014 an Afghan Military Solider shot Jeremy four times. One shot to his spine and as a result severed Jeremy’s vena cava and 80% of the nerves to his lower extremities, paralyzing both legs.
Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring’s involvement.
Gary Sinise’s band performed at the 2017 NWFA Expo. While performing he spoke about the recent partnership with his foundation and the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA). Denny was inspired and said to me, “We need Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring in these homes.” As a result, I reached out to the NWFA to offer our flooring and they connected us with the Gary Sinise organization. They told us about Jeremy’s story and we were eager to contribute our materials of Allegheny Mountain Hardwood Flooring to him and his young family.
First we talked about their needs for the home and design goals. Then after various samples, they decided they needed 3800 SF of 6″ white oak live sawn. Finally we made the flooring, shipped it down and waited for them to finish the house.
The House Dedication.
The house revel party was a heartwarming experience because of this awesome family. Jeremy Haynes and his wife Chelsea, also a solider, were all so grateful for everything that was given to them. Major Haynes was able to stand for the National Anthem. He was able to take a few steps to stand at the podium with a cane, but the majority of his life is now spent in a wheelchair. Certainly it’s been a long and painful recovery for him, however he has a positive attitude and an infectious passion for life. Because of all his struggles this new house will truly be life changing for him.
In conclusion, it was and honor and a fulfilling experience to provide for this family and be a small part of honoring Major Jeremy Haynes. Thank you to the Gary Sinise organization for including us on this project. We look forward to working with you again in the future.