Military makeover: Gilbert's Carpets is giving back to one family

Nominate a Lake County veteran to receive a full room remodel

(Courtesy photo)

(Courtesy photo)

BIG RAPIDS -- The folks at Gilbert's Carpets Plus Color Tile have decided to pay it forward and give back to the large community of veterans in the region.

This is exactly why Gilbert's has initiated the 2021 Dream Room Makeover, which aims to provide a full room makeover to a local military family -- active duty or veteran.

Individuals are encouraged to nominate an active military member or veteran. Monday, Feb. 1, marked the first day in which people could send in their submissions.

Amy Parker, a sales associate at Gilbert's, said it will be the first large-scale event of its kind.

"With everything going on in the world, we just kind of thought it'd be a great time to incorporate a program like this," Parker said. "It may be a small difference, but it's a difference."

Parker said supporting members of the armed forces is a cause that a majority of people can relate to, not just in Big Rapids, but across the country.

Gilbert's family is no stranger to having friends and loved ones serving in the military, including Parker's own son.

"It affects all of us," Parker said. "It's just something that hits home personally for everyone -- it's not just a few people."

Nominations will be accepted until April 16 and voting for the nominees will commence the following day.

On April 30, a subsequent semi-final round of voting will begin, with the winner set to be announced May 28, the Friday before Memorial Day.

Nominees must be residents of Mecosta, Osceola, Lake or Newaygo counties.

Parker said she's already received two nominations in the previous couple of days.

"Whomever is going to be the nominee is definitely going to be in the public eye, but we really want them to get that glory for their service, too," Parker said.

Anyone looking to nominate someone should contact Gilbert's and provide the person's civilian and military information so it can be properly vetted by a local VFW hall.