Once a year, volunteers gather to assist the elderly and disabled community of Bell County through the Repair Affair event held by Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency. Several teams dispersed from the Bell-Whitley building in Pineville to work on houses throughout the community on Saturday.
One of those teams was the Mission of Hope out of Knoxville, Tenn. The team traveled several miles to work on a house on Winchester Avenue in Middlesboro.
Director Emmette Thompson said the group did a combination of things including building a ramp, cleaning up the outside area, working on a gutter and repairing a wall.
Thompson said the group has attended the Repair Affair since the event first began. Besides Repair Affair, the organization does several other things to help the Bell County community.
“We do work in the schools and give scholarships out at the high school,” said Thompson. “We have a lot of college kids through a ministry we partner with in the fall come up here called the UT Cross, and they work on houses.”
The Bell-Whitley/Leadership Bell County Team worked on a home on Skipper Street Spur in Pineville. Charlotte Garland with the Bell-Whitley said the group replaced some roofing, cleaned the outside of the home with a power washer and scrub brush and resurfaced the concrete steps.
Garland said they also decided to install a rail on steps from the inside down to the basement following an incident.
“The day they came out to inspect her (Ms. Akers) home, her sister who lives with her fell going down those steps, so they decided to put a railing up in there,” said Garland.
At the Akers’ home, the team had about 20 members onsite helping with the repairs. Garland said they had about 30 members total, but some went to other areas to assist with groups that had less members.
Other groups who helped during Repair Affair included First State Financial, Home Federal Bank, Walmart, Hartline and many other volunteers.
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