Jackson World War II veteran receives house make-over

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JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – They fought for our nation’s freedom and because of that, we honor them. A group of football players from East Jackson High School put down their pads today and picked up a valuable life lesson.

They scrape. They paint.

As these football players from East Jackson High School are brightening this house from the outside — on the inside, 96-year-old World War II veteran Maynard Bunce who has lived here for more than 50-years is overwhelmed with happiness by the simple gesture.

“It’s hard to have any feeling toward it. You know the only thing is, it’s just wonderful. I just . . . can’t understand how it all come about, ” said Jackson resident Maynard Bunce.

The place Bunce calls home was built in the ’50s. And, as you can see it’s in great need of a make-over. Bunce’s good friend Jim Bayne noticed that so he reached out to Habitat For Humanity and things took off from there.

East Jackson High School Junior Rick Adams said, “I know at the end of practice one day coach just asked us about doing it. And, we were all eager to help and we wanted to do it for him. So, we got it set and now we’re doing it.”

It’s a selfless act that goes a long way. Something this high school football coach believes makes a difference beyond just the Friday Night Lights.

“It’s not just about football. It’s about helping people in need. I think they’re going to learn a valuable life lesson by coming up here and getting up in the morning after their homecoming dance last night. They were up late last night but they still got up early this morning to come and help out, ” said East Jackson High School Football Coach Tra Coolbaugh.

Giving back to one person who put his life on the line for us did not go unnoticed.

Bunce said, “it’s wonderful because they . . . shows their true love for this country.”

So, for today this group of teammates are more than just high school football players. They’re changing the game of giving back.

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