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Tri-County Christmas in Action Work Day Slated for Saturday

Non-profit group is looking for volunteers to help elderly homeowners in Fenton area.

Each April volunteers unite around a common goal of completing free home repairs for low-income-seniors and handicapped-elderly homeowners.

It's like Christmas in the spring.

That's why Tri-County Christmas in Action is looking for volunteers to help out with home repair efforts on April 28. The local chapter works in Fenton, Holly, Linden along with Tyrone, Rose and Argentine Townships.

"Our goal is to help low income seniors and handicapped elderly stay safely in their homes," said Marie Todorovsky, one the group's organizers. "All the work we do is 100 percent free to the homeowner."

The group does yearly fundraisers to support the work day, including a spaghetti dinner and a fall golf outing.

"This allows us to buy the supplies needed to do everything from painting to roof repairs," Todorovsky said.

All of the CIA chapters all over the United States work on the same day each year. 

"We are a lot like Extreme Home Makeover but on a local level," Todorovsky said. "A level that allows the local community to be involved and to give back something to those in need. Kids enjoy working with parents on this day especially and the children are learning valuable lessons on how to give back to the community."

Anyone can help. Volunteers for work day can sign up on the Tri-County Christmas in Action website. Anyone looking to have home repairs done can also download the application.

Mary Miettinen March 14, 2012 at 12:44 PM
This is very uplifting and exciting to read! Thank you for sharing. Mary
Kathy Toonder March 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Love the photo! Our youth group (TYM, Tyrone Covenant Presbyterian) worked on this house last year. We worked hard, met some great people and were able to bless a lovely lady who was in need of home repairs. Looking forward to joining CIA again this year!
Nikki Black April 27, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Please join in! The work we do is as rewarding to us as it is to the homeowners. Fenton First Presbyterian is pleased to be among this great group of volunteers who know how to make a difference while enjoying fun and fellowship! Thanks to the CIA board for pulling together this opportunity to serve our community!
Jennifer Andersen April 28, 2012 at 04:58 AM
I live in Saint Louis Missouri. My mom lives in Fenton and you will be working on her house. I can't thank you enough. I have worried for years how I could get we the help that she needs. This project is way bigger than me. God Bless You All!!!
Becky Joe April 28, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Cold day to work outside!! Good Job!
Lenny Haise April 28, 2012 at 07:19 PM
The job these groups are doing is a great blessing to everyone involved. I'm sure a great burden is lifted off of the homeowners,and joy is felt by every worker. An idea I have had in my head for a while is if someone owns a home for X amount of years ( 20-30) their property taxes should be reduced . Then seniors would not be forced out of their lifelong homes or see them end up in disrepair.

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