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Buford home donated to soldier

U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Vanscoy and his family receives a donated home by Wells Fargo as part of Operation Homefront in Buford Wednesday.


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)

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)

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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.

U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Vanscoy and his family receives a donated home by Wells Fargo as part of Operation Homefront in Buford Wednesday.

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Khadija Vanscoy holds her 11-month-old son Michael as she is presented with the keys to her and her husband’s U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Vanscoy, back, new home in Buford Wednesday. Housing Caseworker Tabitha Garibaldi, right, looks on. The home was donated to the soldier and his family by Wells Fargo as part of Operation Homefront. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Vanscoy holds the hand of his son Mason, 3, as they walk in the front door of their new home in Buford Wednesday. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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United Rentals Operations Manager, Keith Smith, left, and Manager, Matt Mayben, right, hang a welcome home sign for U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Vanscoy who was given a new home in Buford Wednesday. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Vanscoy, his wife Khadija, sons Mason, 3, and 11-month-old Michael Jr. stand at the door step of their new 3,297 square-foot home in Buford Wednesday. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)

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.

Comments

kevin 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Great story. Wish them all the luck. I hope they both have good jobs in order to pay for such a big home. Maybe soldiers could get an exemption in Ga from paying any property taxes. As a footnote: his mother looks younger than he does.

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Karl 8 months, 4 weeks ago

Awesome! Great going Wells Fargo.

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