Life was not easy for United States Navy veteran Eddie Browning, 61. Although he served his country valiantly, he was not left with much support once he returned home after his service in the military. After a series of negative events, Browning and his wife, Cindy, found themselves struggling to live in a dilapidated camper van in Georgia, and they didn’t have money to repair it let alone for food or fire.
Because Browning’s camper had sustained serious damage, it could no longer produce heat. That meant that the veteran and his wife were dealing with a very difficult time come the colder months. They often slept in the cold, cuddling each other to stay warm from their body heat. But this was no way for a United States Navy veteran to be treated. He deserved so much more after his service for the country.
But Browning and his wife had no idea that they had a group of elementary school students who wanted to help them. These children were doing what the government should have done a long time ago for the man who served in the name of America. Behind the scenes, the children were doing something wonderful that was going to take Browning and his wife by surprise.
And it all started to unfold in the spring of 2017. Browning and his wife were invited to the Georgia Tiny Home Festival. It was held at a local farm, so it was not far for them to travel. The homeless veteran and his wife thought they were just going to look at the marvelous tiny homes people have built around the state. They were wrong. The elementary school students had a much bigger plan in store for the veteran. They wanted to give the couple a tiny home to call their own.
When Browning and Cindy were presented with the tiny home at the festival in Eatonton, Georgia at the Ooh La La Lavender Farm, they were stunned.
“I don’t have the words to tell you what we feel,” Browning said through tears.
His wife, Cindy, said: “I couldn’t believe it. It’s a dream!”
The project was a year in the making. The students at Elm Street Elementary school in Rome, Georgia, were the masterminds behind the good deed. They worked to build the tiny home for the homeless veteran and his wife.
The school was not the only organization involved. Corporate sponsors and other donors and volunteers also put their blood, sweat, and tears into the tiny home. But it was the elementary school children who deserve the most credit. They were the brains behind the gesture. And the Brownings couldn’t be happier to have a place of their own now. It is much better than the dilapidated camper they used as shelter in the woods.
“[This] will be warm. We’ve been freezing to death,” Browning said.
The couple has property in Norwood. They’ll relocate the tiny home there and get on track with their lives.
After a lifetime of service for the United States, Browning was left with nothing but a broken down camper destroyed in a fire. Thankfully, these Georgia elementary school students knew what he needed and built the home of his dreams for him.
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