Repair Affair volunteers help those in need

When Serena Sykes' wooden porch was missing planks and she could no longer sit outside to read her daily Bible devotional, Repair Affair came to her rescue.

”I didn't realize they could be so nice,“ said Sykes, 80, of Georgetown.

Repair Affair is a statewide organization that provides free labor and materials for home repairs to low-income, disabled, and senior homeowners.

On Friday and Saturday volunteers will assist seven families – replacing windows, uprooting unwanted bushes, and repairing roof leaks – during the group's annual repair blitz.

The families applied for assistance in early January or February.

Some 30 volunteers have signed up to help, but more help is needed, said Barbara Moore, a committee worker for Repair Affair. Work will begin at 9 a.m. and will end at 6 p.m. on both days. No previous construction experience is necessary, though professionals are welcome, she said.

This will be Sykes' third year as a recipient. Her roof, near the back of her house, has been leaking for a year.

”It might not be the same color as the front, but it doesn't matter,“ she said. ”It's a blessing that somebody is going to do something for me.“

Another applicant, Marie Green, 68, of Georgetown, was skeptical about receiving the free labor. Green will get a new cover over her front porch and a post to hold up her sagging roof.

”It's hard for me to believe,“ Green said. She explained that she has always been an independent woman. But she ”understands that, it comes a time in your life when you need people.“