Volunteers repair house for Charleston woman

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Several volunteers gathered on Dayton Drive in Charleston Saturday morning to help a woman many of them have never met.

Sandra Thomas is an elderly and disabled woman who is raising her two great-grandchildren. The kids are 3 and 5 years old.

Thomas was recently in a car accident that was not her fault, and the insurance company offered her a small sum of money. Thomas immediately bought a home on Dayton Drive for her and her two great-grandchildren, but the house was in bad shape.

Thomas and a few family members started rehabbing the house, but they did not get very far and could not afford any more repairs.

Volunteers, who wish to remain anonymous, stepped in and began gathering supplies, money and manpower for the project.

"Oh it was just amazing, I was so thrilled, I mean I am so happy about it," Thomas said.

The City of Charleston Refuse and Street Departments donated dump trucks and debris disposal for the project. The Charleston Police Department sent volunteers and controlled traffic on the narrow street. Builders FirstSource donated many materials and Bridge Ministries made the project a part of their youth program, allowing many young adults to help.

The Religious Coalition for Community Renewal is the fiscal agent for the project. Thoroughbred Construction Group, LLC brought manpower and supplies to the project to help repair the house's roof.

"It's wonderful that they're willing to volunteer and do this work because I sure appreciate it," Thomas said.

On Saturday, the volunteers re-did Thomas's roof, started electrical work and began framework for the rooms. Volunteers said this is just the start of a big project and they hope to continue working on the house in the coming weeks.

"I just hope that god blesses them back the way god has blessed me," Thomas said.

This is the second volunteer project hosted by the group. If you would like to donate to these volunteer projects, contact RCCR Executive Director Debra Payne at 304-346-6398.

As the project continues, the group will need plumbing and electric supplies, insulation and more manpower. Donations through the RCCR are tax deductible.