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Southington's Pilgrim Furniture Donated For Disabled Veteran's New Home

Staff Sgt. Sandra Lee recently received a new home in Manchester from Purple Heart Homes.

Staff Sgt. Sandra Lee
Staff Sgt. Sandra Lee
Southington retailer Pilgrim Furniture recently had the chance to be a part of something great - giving a disabled Iraq war veteran a new home.

The store provided about $20,000 of furniture for Staff Sergeant Sandra Lee's new adapted home in Manchester. The project was arranged by Purple Heart Homes, headquartered in South Carolina, but many local organizations contributed, according to a Manchester Patch article.

According to the article, Lee was involved in four IED explosions and was sexually assaulted. Today, she is considered 80 percent Service Connected Disabled and she suffers from short term memory loss, severe headaches, reoccurring nightmares, vertigo and depression. An article on Furniture Today says Lee also struggled with climbing the stairs in her old apartment in Manchester. 

Purple Heart Homes bought the house for Lee, Rick Lawrence, from Lawrence Associates in Manchester provided the design for the 1,200-square foot addition and Dave Sposito from Sposito Brothers Construction will serve as the General Contractor for the project.

While Lee will pay a $60,000 mortgage on her new $200,000 property, Pilgrim Furniture donated the furnishings free of cost. 

A ceremony to welcome Lee to her new home was held Saturday, July 27. 

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