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Hattiesburg business honored for helping to build 'smart homes' for wounded warriors

Allen D. Anderson (right), president of Anderson Design Center, receives a small piece of steel from the twin towers of the World Trade Center Thursday from retired FDNY firefighter Roger Kilfoil. Allen D. Anderson (right), president of Anderson Design Center, receives a small piece of steel from the twin towers of the World Trade Center Thursday from retired FDNY firefighter Roger Kilfoil.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg business has received a small piece of steel from the World Trade Center for its support of a program which builds custom-designed 'smart homes' for wounded warriors.

Allen D. Anderson of Anderson Design Center received the artifact from the twin towers Thursday from former New York City firefighter Roger Kilfoil.

He's one of several dozen retired first responders who are visiting all 800 Carpet One cooperative members, thanking them for raising funds for the Building for America's Bravest program.

That's an effort by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation to construct specially-designed homes for soldiers who are multiple amputees.

So far, 15 of the homes have been completed, 14 are under construction and one dozen more are being designed. 

Carpet One and Mohawk Industries have pledged to help build 50 of the homes.

"They want to reach as many as 250 (homes) total," said Anderson. "So, it's long battle to raise the money and get it done, because it's expensive to build smart homes," he said.  

"(The Carpet One locations) are actually going to be asking each of their customers to make a $10 donation with their purchase, whether they make a large or small purchase, the $10 adds up," said Kilfoil. "There are 800 locations across the country and we're hoping for a 50 percent participation rate," he said.  

The average cost of one of the 'smart homes' is $500,000. 

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