Volunteers Paint Homes for Elderly and Disabled

By: Stephani Ruiz Email
By: Stephani Ruiz Email

As part of the 21st Annual Paint-A-Thon, volunteers from all over Lincoln spent their day giving back to the community.

"Just helping our fellow man, getting out there and if they need help or are a little too old or can't do it themselves, we're more than happy to do it for them," Trevor Hanson said.

Hanson and his volunteer team worked on one of the 19 homes in Lincoln receiving a free paint job. He joined the effort through American Lutheran Church. Hanson admits it's hard labor, requiring more than one day's work.

"We scraped and primed last weekend and we're painting the trim and also the garage today," Hanson said.

Hanson's team worked on Donna Frye's home. She helped them beat the heat with a fresh pitcher of iced lemonade.

"It's just wonderful. I've been wanting to get it done. And I just feel so blessed to get it done," Frye said.

Organizers said the event targets low-income elderly or disabled homeowners in Lincoln. Frye said it's been more than 10 years since her house was painted.

"Well, I'm 77 and I don't go up on ladders anymore and my husband's got COPD real bad and so he's in ill health, he can't do anything anymore. So everything kinda reflects back on me," Frye said.

Paint and supplies were donated by corporate sponsors. But, the volunteers brought the event to life.

"If you have something to give, why not give it to people that need it," Hanson said.

"It's really nice of them. You don't see that very much anymore and it's kinda nice that they're doing it, real nice that they're doing it, and I really appreciate it and I've told them that about three times or so," Frye said.

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