Volunteers braved the cold and wind Saturday morning and descended on six Somervell County homes in need of repair as part of the Christmas in Action (CIA) annual project.
Each year, the CIA accepts nominations for free home improvement projects in the county. Most nominees are unable to perform the work themselves due to age, disabilities or financial situations.
Masses of volunteers gathered at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) Family Center to get assignments and tools.
Comanche Peak sent helpers along with work gloves, safety glasses and earplugs for the volunteers.
“We’ve got about 15 folks,” said Chuck Kesinger, training manager at Comanche Peak. “We have a People Team and this is what we do.”
Kesinger said he is only a handyman at home, but some of the volunteers had specific skill sets that would be put to work.
“We support this every year,” Kesinger said. “It’s important to us to stay involved with the community. A lot of us have it in our heart to help the community.”
Kesinger was assigned to work on Jeanetta Crane’s home on Barnard Street. The American Legion sponsored her home and workers set out to rebuild a deck, clean flowerbeds and remove trash.
Crane said she found out her house would be part of CIA about two weeks ago.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Crane said. “It’s just one of those things the Lord provides. I survive on faith.”
Crane was up early and waiting for the team of volunteers. She greeted them as they came and helped to point out what areas needed work.
One of the bigger projects this year was at Kim West’s house on Austin Street. Cornerstone Church sponsored her home and Dwayne Griffin headed up the volunteers.
Griffin said workers would cut four trees, replace eight inside and outside doors, build a carport and replace a rotten kitchen floor. Workers also helped to clear debris.
New residents and first-time CIA volunteers Darlene Lombardo, Chuck Gross and seven-year-old Chris Gross were excited to get down to business at Patricia West’s house on Holden Street.
Lombardo said they recently relocated to Glen Rose after they were evacuated from their home on the Texas coast during Hurricane Ike. Although they were new to CIA, they had worked on similar projects before.
Chris was eager to get his first chance to help his dad.
“He seems like he’s excited,” Lombardo said. “Any chance he gets to help his dad, and this is the first time he’ll be old enough to help.”
West’s house was sponsored by First Baptist Church and volunteers tackled a hefty roof project.
Jimmy Ruth Matney’s home, sponsored by FUMC, received a new porch and skirting. An inside room got a new coat of paint and the kitchen was updated as well.
The Somervell County Garden Club even got into the action and cleaned flowerbeds.
Staples Brothers Custom Homes sponsored Jean King’s home on Crockett. Workers replaced a front door and rotted floor.
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church sponsored the sixth house on County Road 331. The DeHoya House received a fresh coat of paint and trash was removed from the property.