Spruce up the outdoors = support your veterans


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If creating an outdoor oasis for yourself wasn’t enough motivation to go outside and get your hands a little dirty, how about considering this offer from Home Depot? The company has launched its “Doing Nation,” a spring initiative on Facebook that allows you to turn your outdoor projects into cash for a good cause.

The Home Depot Foundation will donate up to $25,000 to each of four nonprofits serving U.S. military veterans and their families — Fisher House Foundation, Operation Homefront, U.S. Vets and Volunteers of America — for projects completed in their honor. The organization will also double the total amount for the organization that receives the most projects. There is a potential of up to $125,000 to donate.

From April 12 through May 24, go to The Home Depot or The Home Depot Foundation’s Facebook page, or directly to Apps.facebook.com/doingnation, and choose any number of six outdoor projects to tackle. Once your project is finished, upload a photo and choose which organization you want to receive $100.

The six projects to choose from are:

Raised Garden Bed: Raised garden beds help conserve water while growing plants, herbs and vegetables.

Envirotile Porch/Patio: Tiles made from recycled tires are used to create flooring for a patio space.

Outdoor Chandelier: Hang an outdoor chandelier from the bough of a tree to add a focal point.

Firepit: Pavers and soil are used to create an easy backyard accent.

Vertical Garden: This garden works in the backyard or patio, creating a work of art from live goods and flowers.

Leaning Ladder Garden: Perfect for herbs and small planters, the leaning ladder works for large and small spaces.

Each project will include a how-to video highlighted on the Doing Nation Facebook application, and consumers can download shopping lists for each project directly to their mobile phones.