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Ben and Erin Napier Help Renovate Salvation Army Shelter

Photo from Erin Napier’s Instagram

Ben and Erin Napier Help Renovate Salvation Army Shelter

By Movieguide® Staff

Ben and Erin Napier, stars of the HOME TOWN renovation series on HGTV, recently worked with the Salvation Army to upgrade a room at the shelter in their hometown of Laurel, Mississippi.

“It’s just wonderful to celebrate second chances,” Erin told WDAM7. “That’s what we do with old houses, and that’s what the Salvation Army does; it gives people a second chance, and we’re happy to help.

“Walking through the shelter and seeing where families come and spend time, it’s hard to do that and not think about our families and our daughters. And so, we were excited to partner with them this year on this,” Ben added.

The renovation duo teamed up with workers from the Salvation Army to repaint the room, add new couches and give away new toys for the family living in the shelter.

“This is truly, truly a blessing from them,” Salvation Army Capt. Keisha McMullin said. “We know it will be a blessing for the residents that we serve here in our shelter.”

“They accomplished a lot in such a short, short time, and we’re very grateful,” added Salvation Army Capt. Jason McMullin.

No project is too small for the HGTV stars, who previously offered to make handmade furniture in honor of Ben’s Alma Mater.

Movieguide® reported:

HOME TOWN’s Ben Napier, who co-stars alongside his wife Erin, recently gave back on behalf of his alma mater, The University of Mississippi.

Over the course of their HGTV careers, the dynamic duo returned to the university to show their support for the school and help fundraise—including a hand-built desk from materials found on campus.

“A friend of mine reached out to me explaining that he had gotten his hands on some wood from the campus at Ole Miss,” Napier, a 2007 UM graduate from Laurel, said. “There were two slabs of oak and the slab of cedar from Rowan Oak.”

Napier is a skilled craftsman and originally had plans to auction off the desk to raise money for UM. However, after pitching the idea, Napier decided to gift it to the university.

“I drew up the plans for the desk weeks before we actually built it,” Napier said. “I wanted the desk base to have a somewhat modern silhouette. I didn’t want it to distract the eye away from the beautiful cedar top.

“That being said, we used some really beautiful oak that was left over from the bar top we built for McCormick’s. It took us a couple of days to build out the base, but the majority of the work on the top had to be done on camera,” he said.

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