A group of Mainers were among dozens of delegates to the Republican and Democratic national conventions who set aside party politics and campaign rhetoric – if only briefly – to help give a veteran a new home.

During a unique community service project called “House United,” attendees of last week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa built one-half of a modular home while delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte constructed the other half this week.

Lizzy Reinholt, a spokeswoman for the Maine Democratic Party who is in Charlotte, said about 15 members of Maine’s delegation participated in Monday’s volunteer activity. The idea behind the event, Reinholt said, was to show that despite the public partisanship both sides can work together to help veterans.

“We felt it was a good opportunity for us to go down [to Charlotte] and give back,” Reinholt said.

The two halves of the new home will be brought together in the Belmont area of Charlotte and the keys given to a veteran in October.

The event was organized by the nonprofit Rebuilding Together with the help of corporate sponsors Craftsman brand tools, Sears’ Heroes at Home program, NextGen, Champion Home Builders and Bank of America. Ty Pennington, host of the television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, attended both events in Tampa and Charlotte.

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