Sign a Stud Event For Operation FINALLY HOME on Feb. 13

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What better way to show some love than to donate to a very worthy cause? We can’t think of anything that matches the feeling we get deep in our hearts when we help those who have sacrificed so much to protect our nation and freedoms. That’s why we’re spreading the word about Operation FINALLY HOME, a nonprofit dedicated to providing a home, free and clear, to our nation’s military heroes.

The organization, in partnership with Tim Jackson Custom Homes, is building a home for Sgt. Stephen Jackel, a decorated veteran who has received numerous awards including a Purple Heart, and ARCOM-4 for Valor, two bronze stars, and an Afghanistan campaign medal.

Jackel, who is originally from San Antonio, served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. When on patrol in Afghanistan in 2011, Jackel was in a convoy that hit an IED. Jackel was able to get his team to safety, but lost his legs in an attempt to put a fire out in his vehicle.

His amazing courage hasn’t gone unnoticed, and Operation FINALLY HOME is working to build a home for this hero and his family.

Jackel Family“It is an honor to provide a home for this brave young man and his family,” said Tim Jackson, president of Tim Jackson Custom Homes. “It means so much to be able to give something back to this local hero in appreciation for his service and sacrifice to our country.”

The nonprofit is trying to raise money for materials and furnishings for Jackel and his beautiful family, all of which will be provided free-of-cost. If you’re interested in contributing, RE/MAX Realtor Amy Hillock is hosting a “sign a stud” event on Feb. 13 at the Little Elm job site. Team Jackel is hoping to raise $5,000 by March, and this event, where for $5 you get to sign the studs of the home before the drywall goes up, should make a big dent in that number.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to help out a true American Hero and leave a little message or blessing for the family,” Hillock said.

Of course, Operation FINALLY HOME is accepting in-kind donations of materials and furnishings, so you have more than one way to contribute. Find out more about Sgt. Jackel and watch the progress of their new home on their Facebook page.




Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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