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Volunteers offer a helping hand for home maintenance

Original post made on Oct 29, 2012

An overgrown yard is no easy task to tame and contractors, gardeners and maintenance can become costly. For those who are elderly, disabled, single parents, veterans or simply need assistance the struggle is not only the cost but the labor involved. On Oct. 20, the annual event Building Bridges provided over 400 volunteers to tend to such needs in the community.

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Oct 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm

About a year and a half ago, commenting on a crime story (marijuana labs in Danville, or maybe an article about a burglary ring; I cannot remember for certain) in the Danville Express, I mentioned a house my family and I frequently rode by on our bikes. It is in a normal tract area, a two story maybe 2,500 sq. feet.
What attracted my attention wasn't so much the two aging vehicles of faded paint and apparent poor condition in the driveway. It was more the awful yard, with alternating barren and weed filled areas, and moreso the windows. They were mostly covered with plywood, sheets, or cardboard.
I reached the conclusion the residents were likely druggies who did not want the neighbors peaking inside. My wife and I assumed the worst for all this time. Until last week, when riding by we noticed an elderly, very hobbled woman entering the house, and a county dial-a-ride bus leaving.
It's possible she may have had some odd tenants at one time, but those vehicles are gone now, and we were completely wrong in our assumption. Books and their covers and all.
So yes, there is a very great need for Building Bridges.