Wednesday, March 20 2013 6:10 AM EDT2013-03-20 10:10:22 GMT
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Over the last four years, Keith Maupin has come to have one of the best known faces in the Tri-State.
But now, his distinctive look is a little different.
It's the beard, and quite frankly, a lot ofMore >>
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Mike Barrett, a local heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractor, says Maupin's house is being remodeled from top to bottom.
Since the project began earlier this summer, there is now a new heating and air conditioning system, the plumbing has been upgraded and new drywall will soon be installed.
Shannon Moore, a plumbing contractor, says it was Maupin's lack of a working air conditioner that sparked the idea for a home makeover.
"He was living out of a cooler, you know, didn't have a refrigerator. He was staying in his van because his air conditioner was out," Moore explained.
Barrett and Moore began contacting area companies to see who would help.
"Me and Shannon got on the phones and started calling supplier after supplier and the outreach, when you say 'Keith Maupin,' they know exactly who you're talking about and the next word is how can we help," said Barrett.
"Being a past military member myself, you know, God love him. More people should help out so it's the least we could do," Mr. Roof contractor Ray Lawrence explained.
On Thursday, Barrett told FOX19 help is still needed.
in need of probably carpenters more than anything. The carpenters, you know
we'd still like to add on to the back of this center to make it bigger for what
Keith needs in the Yellow Ribbon Support Center," he explained.
It's estimated that $120,000 worth of material and about $30,000 in labor has been donated.
Maupin says the outpouring of support has left him speechless.
"It's rare that I'm lost for words, but they just keep coming out of the woodwork to make things happen, and the only thing I can truly say is thanks, and I surely appreciate it," Maupin told FOX19.
During the remodeling phase, Maupin will be staying in area motels.
His Yellow Ribbon Service Center will be relocated inside the newly renovated garage at his home. Maupin says he's moving the Center out of the Eastgate shopping area because the rent has more than tripled.