Lending a hand at New Freedom Farm


BUCHANAN, Va. (WFXR) – Mew Freedom Farms needed some help with their Agricultural room on Saturday, and Team Rubicon answered the call.

“They play a tremendous role for veterans here in the Roanoke Valley and I see us coming here today as sort of being a force multiplier for them. So we’re leveraging our light construction skills to help rebuilding their community center building,” says City Coordinator of Team Rubicon in Roanoke, Eddie Glover.

As the team cut wood, screwed in lumber, and laid down floor boards. They weren’t the only ones lending a hand. Gold Star parents Becky and Dave Lalush were helping with the rebuild.

“It feels very good knowing that veterans come here and have a place to talk,” says Becky Lalush.

For both Becky and her husband the project takes on a deeper meaning.

“It’s a way for us to be able to talk to other people in the military if they ask about our son. He was in the marines past tense he served in the marines and it just feels good for us to know that we can do something,” explains Lalush.

For Glover, working with a Gold Star parent is an honor.

“I’m getting chills thinking about spending the day assisting a Gold Star parent side by side shoulder to shoulder you know he’s [Dave] a gifted carpenter he’s kind of the foreman for our job today so we’re bringing the manual labor and and he’s bringing the brain power,” states Glover.

But in the end it’s all about remember and taking care of the ones who’ve served this country.

“I tell you it’s a neat union to see work and to connect with someone who has made a sacrifice that is kind of unthinkable as a parent,” says Glover.

The new building will have a washer and dryer. There will also be a meeting room so that veterans can unwind as well.

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