Staff at a Home Depot in Modesto help Joshua Hagerty celebrate his fifth birthday. Photo courtesy Jennifer Hagerty.
Local resident Jennifer Hagerty sent us this email Wednesday; we thought it was worth sharing in its entirety.
"I am writing in hopes that you might be able to help me shine a light on the good, caring, friendly, giving employees of The Home Depot. On Sunday Sept. 15 The Home Depot store located at 1617 N. Carpenter Rd. Modesto fulfilled my son Joshua's 5th Birthday wish. They pulled out all the bells and whistles or should I say hammers and nails for his party. From workshop kits, to the goodie bags, balloons, aprons, and Lego sets for each of the 23 children who attended. To an amazing cake shaped like a hammer with other tools on the side. All the party decorations, a place with air conditioning to hold the party and more presents then a 5 year old Home Depot loving kid could ask for.
"The store manager Kevin and his team went above and beyond to make Joshua's wish a reality. Five years ago Joshua entered in to this world missing 75 - 80% of his skin, a cleft lip and palate, heart problems, kidney problems and NO SWEAT GLANDS. His diagnosis AEC Syndrome Ectodermal Dysplasia.
"When I asked him what he would like to do for his birthday this year, with out hesitation he shouted go to The Home Depot with you and Daddy and brother for a workshop. Simple enough but my husband works every Saturday so we wouldn't be able to do that... In my mind the next best thing would be to buy the workshop kits and host a party at our home. When I emailed customer service they explained that they do not sell those kits but a manager would be calling me in a day or two. Kevin the store manager called and said that his store and team would love to help us make his day something special. What happened next was nothing less then magical!
"Employees pitched in money from their own pockets and each department and purchased gifts that they thought Joshua would like presenting them to him at the party. The store donated all the aprons, workshop kits, decorations, as well as employee time on the clock to set up and decorate the room and help host the party.
"My son walked in to The Home Depot and was greeted by a Happy Birthday sign at the front entrance. As we walked to the back every employee we passed along the way wished him a happy birthday. When we arrived in the back where the party would be held Joshua was a bit in shock. The decorations and everything screamed Home Depot which Joshua LOVED! As I set up our food tables with more help from the employees, our guests started to arrive. The Home Depot team took photos and posed with Joshua and welcomed each and every guest.
"Our guests said it was the best childs birthday party they had ever attended. From building the tool box workshop kit to playing pin the hammer on the nail everyone had a wonderful time! More importantly Joshua will NEVER forget his special birthday! For a little boy who has had 15 surgeries, many hospitalizations, and battled super bugs like MRSA and Pseudomonas... We thought might not ever see his 1st Birthday let alone his 5th this was simply an over the top way to celebrate a major milestone in his life.
"If there is any way you could run a story on the news about what The Home Depot has done for my son and our family to recognize all their efforts it would be a wonderful way for us to be able to say thank you. Their community giving program is amazing and the store staff deserve to be recognized for all they do.
"My husband and I just filed bankruptcy due to Joshua's many hospital bills and we don't have a whole lot of budge in our budget to buy something to say thank you... a simple card just is not good enough in my opinion. All of the employees coming together and pitching in to make a difference for Joshua... They don't know us from Adam and here they all were so willing to dive in and make a difference in his world.
"If we could just say Thank You for making a difference for our son and for making his face light up brighter then I have seen in a very long time I would be so grateful!
"I attached the very few pictures I was able to get before my phone battery died. I do have many more pictures on my camera as well as the ones the store photographer took. If you would like to see more.
"Please help me say thank you to The Home Depot and their employees!
"All my best,
"Jennifer Hagerty (Joshua and Jaxon's Mommy)"