On a sunny Friday morning on November 18, volunteers from Exelon Calvert Cliffs, Cave to Castle Remodeling and some board members of Christmas in April*Calvert County reported to a home in Huntingtown. It needed some neglected maintenance done. The home is owned by a veteran and his wife. They are raising their 5 year old granddaughter.
The Air Force veteran, Mr Coulson, bought the house, built in 1972, from the owner 31 years ago. He worked for Burroughs Corporation and lastly at Dominion Cove Point LNG, having to retire on disability in 2013.
The workers dug right in with cleaning the landscape beds, trimming trees, and mulching. They filled one dumpster with tree limbs and debris. They decluttered the basement and garage. Some worked on repairing the roof leak, cleaning the gutters, installing gutter guards and painting the soffits. Another crew stained the front and back decks and installed drain tiles while another group insulated the attic. Another part of the team installed an interior door, a kitchen fan and the foyer light.
Asking Mr Coulson how he heard about the Christmas in April Program, he said he and his wife are members of Jesus The Divine Word and had made lunches for the workers for the program for years. He said he is very grateful for the volunteers and all the work they did on his house.
Around noon, the volunteers were treated to a wonderful lunch cooked on a grill in the yard by the volunteers – pork tenderloin, chicken breasts, potatoes and fresh squash and zucchini. The lunch was provided by Exelon Calvert Cliffs.
Steve Sanders, Exelon employee, said he is very appreciative of Calvert County Division of Solid Waste, Michael Thomas, for delivering the dumpster to the site for them to use.
For more information on the Christmas in April*Calvert County, please visit http://www.christmasinaprilcalvertcounty.org/. The organization can always use volunteers all year, along with donations of goods and money.
Please enjoy the picture gallery below.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon