The Home Depot has opened an important door in San Saba. When detailed plans were being developed to make the San Saba Community Garden a showcase of community pride, the planners forgot one thing;an easy, safe and convenient way to get from the rear of the senior citizens building out to the garden.Enter The Home Depot of Brownwood.Ron Pollard (the brains and much of the brawn behind the construction of the magnificent pergola that serves as the focal point of the garden) has been a loyal customer of The Home Depot for a long time. He worked with the Brownwood store to acquire materials for the pergola. The Home Depot provided a discounted price for the materials, shipped them for free, and threw in a donation of three sturdy picnic bench ensembles.Ron knew we not only needed a rear door, but a deck and a handicap ramp. He also knew we’d forgotten to put it in the budget and had no way to pay for it.So, he talked with Shannon Vargas and Trish Tessler, both of whom are associates at The Home Depot store in Brownwood. Trish, Shannon, and a few of their colleagues were excited about the San Saba Garden and came here last March to attend the groundbreaking ceremony. They were impressed. Impressed that the garden would serve seniors and veterans as well as the general public, impressed that the project relied on the cooperation of several community groups and impressed that so much of the work on the project was being done by volunteers like Ron.Shannon and Trish took the ball and ran with it, straight to Store Manager John Morgan and then to The Home Depot Foundation. Within a matter of weeks, they had enlisted corporate support for the project. We did a little paperwork and were promptly notified that the Foundation was awarding a $3100 materials grant for the rear access structure. Not only that, The Home Depot would send a team of workers to San Saba to help build it. The Home Depot team arrived on Friday morning, November 9 and worked hard throughout the day to build the deck and ramp. The team was welcomed by a group of grateful San Saba leaders and volunteers.