Modern lifestyles have become too sedentary and hectic, which is why we get the impression that we’re in lack of some time to devote to others around us.
However, this is totally not true. Because the things we lack are, initiative and determination. It doesn’t take a lot to make a difference.
Sometimes even the smallest act of kindness and help can virtually transform somebody’s life, since many people want someone to give them a helping hand, to support them or have their back.
Life sometimes can bring us some unexpected and very unpleasant problems, and Anne Glancey, who is a retired school teacher from New Jersey, solved that kind of type of problem with her neighbors’ help.
The old woman didn’t have anyone to turn to, except her neighbors, Kristin Polhemus and Adam Polhemus, when the city authorities have threatened to fine her for the necessary repairs to her house and some other violations of the code.
The Hamilton Township city authorities sent her a list which demanded trimming the lawn, getting rid of a derelict car which was lying in her front yard, and repainting of the house.
Anne wasn’t able to do all that because she didn’t have the financial means, and she was very upset about it. Because she would have faced all of those three violations which could cost her up to $3,000 a day. When she gave the letter to Kristin and Adam, they’ve decided to offer her some help.
Until me and my wife moved in, she didn’t have any neighbors that she’s talked to. She didn’t have a relation with anybody from the neighborhood.
Kristin has posted on Facebook an invitation for all the neighbors in Hamilton to spare a couple of hours of their time for the weekend for the tasks at Anna’s house.
In the post she said:
Hamilton area neighbors! Do you have a couple of hours this weekend? We need you!
Me and Adam Polhemus could very much use your help for some painting/scrapping exterior at the home of our neighbor, Anne. As everybody knows, she has received a hefty fine from the city authorities for having a peeled paint on the outside of her house, and she is on the deadline to scrape and paint her home, in order to avid the expensive fine.
She is physically unable to do the work and she is limited in funds, which is why we would love to show her that somebody cares.
She also wrote that people who are willing to help would need a ladder, some tools, and what time they should stop by. The task needed only 20 volunteers. Kristin also required for people to reply on the invitation in order to know whether they’re going to attend or not. Also, she had arrangements for lunch and dinner, for each volunteer.
Very quickly, 25 volunteers replied that they’re coming to the event, and Adam, Kristen and Anne were surprised!
For the next few weekends, the kind neighbors of Hamilton volunteered, and also donated supplies in order to complete the task before its deadline.
First they scraped the paint off the house, they repainted it, and repaired some broken siding, they repaired the porch and spruced up the yard. They also gave away the old car to the Purple Heart Foundation.
If the work was done by workers and not volunteers, Anne would’ve paid from $10,000 to $15,000!
Anne is more than grateful for the generosity, kindness and support of her neighbors.
The smallest acts of kindness have made her home, but also made her a lot more outgoing. The initiative that Adam and Kristen started, and all that help from those warm hearted volunteer neighbors, have made an enormous change in Anne’s life.
As Kristen said:
A little bit of love can go far away, and just a little light carpentry, primer, and little scrapping have done a world of difference not only for this historic home, but also for an old neighbor’s heart!