Story and photo by Debbi Casini Klein | Audio edited by Louis D’Aria
Thirty-year old landscaper Mike Williams had been helping Sally, an elderly woman, with the landscaping of her house and noticed the inside was in shambles.
She wanted to move into a senior living facility but couldn’t afford to fix her house up for sale. He began collecting materials and money, some donated, some out of his own pocket, and organized 30 of his friends to repair Sally’s house. That was on Labor Day three years ago.
That gave Mike the impetus to want to help others who are struggling financially and in desperate need of help with their homes. He started what his godmother called the “Labor Day of Love.” Mike finds a home, organizes the labor, gets donations for materials, and every Labor Day he and his volunteers spend the day fixing up someone’s house.
“If more people were aware of how their neighbors live,” he said, “the old lady next door who might not have family, they could go out and even cut the lawn, do anything they could, even call us, help us find somebody who needs some help.”
Bill Thomas is one of Mike’s good friends and has helped Mike with the projects over the years.
“Mike has a big heart,” Bill said. “If he sees that somebody needs something done, it could be a family member, a friend or somebody he doesn’t even know, he’ll jump right in there and start working, and he’ll do it.”
People need to know that there are still people out there doing good things for other people. And there are still people out there like Mike who are out there doing good things for other people.”