U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Vanscoy holds his 11-month-old son Michael Jr., while awaiting to walk into his new home in Buford Wednesday. Michael Sr. stands beside his mother Judy Henderson. The home was donated to the soldier, his wife Khadija, sons Mason, 3, and Michael Jr., by Wells Fargo as part of Operation Homefront. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)
Local Army Sgt. receives donated home
U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Vanscoy and his family receives a donated home by Wells Fargo as part of Operation Homefront in Buford Wednesday.
BUFORD — As she moved around the dining room holding her 11-month-old son, Khadija Vanscoy couldn’t help but shed a few tears.
This was, after all, her family’s new home, and it all came about through the goodwill of others.
Recognizing the military service of Army Sgt. Michael Vanscoy, Wells Fargo and Operation Homefront donated a four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home to the family.
Representatives of the businesses and organizations showed up Wednesday afternoon to hand over the keys, offering the Vanscoys a first glimpse inside their new home.
Gina Longo, an operations manager with Nation One Realty Group, said it was an opportunity to give back to an individual “who has served his country.” Nation One Realty Group oversaw and managed the process for Wells Fargo in order to get the home move-in ready for the family.
Brokers Ramesh and Sherry Seegulam agreed that it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a part of something big. “It was worth it just seeing her expression,” said Ramesh Wednesday as he and several others walked through the house with the Vanscoy Family.
Khadija Vanscoy’s, husband, Michael, 11-month-old Michael Jr., and 3-year-old Mason made their way through the 3,297 square-foot dwelling place. They smiled, laughing and crying, as they rounded each corner.
“I see myself, and I see our future here together,” Khadija said. “I see memories being created. So many memories.”
Her husband agreed.
“It’s like our dreams have come true,” Michael said. “It’s awesome. Words can’t even express what this means to us.”
Michael’s mom, Judy Henderson, also was there to see the milestone in her son’s life. “It’s been overwhelming,” Henderson said. “Just amazing. It couldn’t have happened to better people either. A lot of times, good things don’t happen to good people, but this time they certainly did.”
According to its website, Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors.
Operation Homefront (OH) provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.
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For more information, visit www.operationhomefront.net.