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HOFFMAN ESTATES - Customers and associates of Sears Holdings and Kmart based here raised $1.3 million in the company's first fund-raising effort for Heroes at Home, a charitable partnership with Rebuilding Together, a leading volunteer home rehabilitation organization.
"Through this program, we are able to help ensure that many of these heroes and their families are living in safe, warm and comfortable homes," said Alywin B. Lewis, president/c.e.o., Sears Holdings Corp.
Army Specialist Ryan C. Major, 21, of Silver Spring, Md., is the first beneficiary of Heroes at Home. Major is recovering from severe wounds he received when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on patrol in Iraq. His injuries resulted in the amputation of both legs, damage to both arms and a traumatic brain injury. Heroes at Home provided Specialist Major with a wheelchair accessible bedroom, bathroom and elevator.
Sears also donated a new washer and dryer and a plasma TV to Major and his family.