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Veteran gets new home after help from community

Posted at 5:13 PM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 11:58:49-05

LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) — Less than two months after LEX18 first told the story of Army Veteran Donald Callaham, he has moved into a new home. The 78-year-old widower had been living in dangerous conditions with no running water, heat or air conditioning, and battling multiple health issues. Thanks to the generosity of the community and a local police officer, his life has turned around.

LEX18 was there Friday as he got a look at his new home for the very first time.

"I can't explain it...you know it's so overwhelming, " Callaham exclaimed.

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An anonymous donor with LabTox came forward to get Mr. Callaham a new home. The rest of the home was completely furnished thanks to donations from the community and multiple businesses.

"I appreciate it, I guarantee it, and I just appreciate everybody who helped me, " Callaham said.

From a washer and dryer to heat and AC, the house was chock full of necessities most people take for granted, but things he was getting to enjoy for the very first time.

"This one's the washer, this one's the dryer, I'll teach you how to use it all," said off-duty Lexington Police Officer Ryan Holland.

Officer Holland has been spearheading this project in his downtime. He was there to hand over the keys to Mr. Callaham for the first time.
The new home will allow Mr. Callaham to live life out in comfort. At last, he is able to concentrate on his health and happiness.

"Y'all are God-sent, I guarantee it," ?Callaham said.

Special thanks to the following businesses who helped furnish Mr. Callaham's home: Ashley Homestore, Labtox, A Godsend Roofing, CLC Construction and Remodeling, Premium Painters, New Creations Home Improvement, TerraNova Landscaping, LexCut, Meredith Lane Realtor, TJ Stephens (HVAC), Corken Steele Bleed Blue Landscaping and Contracting.