Ben and Erin Napier continue to give back to the community that their family calls home, as well as their various businesses and their HGTV program, Home Town. In less than a day, the couple managed to transform a Salvation Army shelter for women and children in Laurel, Mississippi, sharing their progress with followers on social media.
Rooms were transformed by the Napiers using fresh and old items.
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The Napiers and their crew toured Laurel's Salvation Army shelter on September 16, 2022 to renovate the space using donated furnishings and decor, as well as newly painted walls in Erin's favorite paint color, a soft green.
Ben joked that Erin despises the color green in an Instagram post as they finished up the walls.Everybody knows its my favorite color, she replied. I feel like its a soothing neutral.
Erin shared an Instagram video of herself and Ben picking up additional items from the adjacent Salvation Army thrift store, including a gigantic pink bunny that their girls would like, and she knew other children would too. They also picked up some colorful art, a vintage school desk, and other items.
She also included a gallery of finished living spaces, including a large sofa and chair from locally-owned Loft Furniture Co., children's toys and books, framed art on the walls, a large TV, and more.
Erin wrote under her post that she wanted to transform a dorm into a soft landing for women and children who are in need of shelter. In 2021 alone, our Laurel facility served 33,428 meals. Now more than ever, families need our assistance.
The Napiers disclosed the makeover to Salvation Army commanding officers Keisha and Jason McMullin, who oversee operations at the location and were surprised by the results.
The Napiers also built a coffee bar in the dining room.
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Ben shared different photos on his Instagram account, including a Salvation Army representative as well as a coffee bar they created for the families who stay there. It includes a custom wood cabinet with storage, a coffeemaker, a small refrigerator, and baskets for fruits and snacks.
Ben wrote, "We had an INCREDIBLE day helping out with @SalvationArmyUS in our hometown of Laurel, MS." We volunteered and served meals last year, and couldn't wait to return. This time, we were renovating a couple of rooms to make it feel like home for the holidays."
Erin told WDAM that it's just wonderful to give second chances. That's what we do with old houses and that's what the Salvation Army does. They give people a second chance and were happy to help.
Both Erin and Ben, who also served with the Salvation Army during the Christmas season in 2021, encouraged followers to visit the Salvation Army USA website.
The Laurel Animal Shelter has a wish list at Wal-Mart for everything from oatmeal to diapers, which can be ordered online and sent directly to the Salvation Army.