The season of giving is upon us, but it might be hard to top giving someone a house.
U.S. Army Sgt. Aaron Blasjo was killed in Afghanistan back in May of 2011, leaving his wife, Crystal, to raise their children alone.
Last week, the South Carolina family moved in to their new home built just for them by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
“It’s ours. I can feel the love flood from the walls,” Blasjo, 32, said during the ribbon cutting ceremony. When asked what the first thing she would do in her new home, she simply said “Thank Aaron.”
According to dailycommercial.com:
Blasjo works as a family liaison with Tavares Elementary School. The family has been renting a home in a different part of Lake County.
Giving the home to the family was the culmination of a year and a half of selection and planning by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
In addition to its Gold Star Family Home Program, aimed at families of fallen service members with young children, the foundation has a Smart Home Program to construct adaptable homes for severely injured first responders and the Fallen First Responders Home Program to provide mortgage-free homes for police and firefighters.
Here’s a little more information on the Stephen Siller Foundation:
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation builds mortgage-free smart homes for our most catastrophically injured service members. Each home is custom designed to address the unique needs of each individual. Smart homes host a myriad of features such as automated doors and lighting, wider halls and doorways, special showers to accommodate wheelchairs, automatic door openers, cabinets, counters, and stove tops that can be raised and lowered, back-up generators, and central heating and air conditioning systems that can be controlled by tablets. These homes enable our most severely injured heroes’ live better, more independent lives.
In 2017, the Foundation has delivered, started construction or is in the design stage of a total of 75 smart homes. We have committed to build a minimum of 200 smart homes for service members who sustained injuries in combat or training for deployment.
What a beautiful gift for a deserving family. God bless.