20 years of helping neighbors

Published 2:05 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Anniversaries are always something to celebrate. Whether it’s a 10 year anniversary, 20 years or even 50 years, people like to celebrate milestones that are based around significant dates.

A Bell County staple is about to reach its own 20th anniversary — and that is Repair Affair.

Created by the Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency and several businesses in Bell County, the Repair Affair is a means to offer much needed home repairs and landscape work for low income elderly and disabled citizens of the community.

“Our goal is to help as many people as we can on a limited budget. We are not funded by any government entity or any grants, so we rely solely on donations and volunteers. We try to make those dollars stretch as far as possible so we can assist more people. Another one of our main goals is to do as many wheelchair ramps that we can. We did seven last year,” said Brian Good, Bell County Repair Affair coordinator.

Repair Affair is volunteer-based, and anyone can volunteer — adults and children alike. If a child under 18 wishes to volunteer they must have a parent’s signature and an adult present with them at all times during the day.

“To me, Repair Affair means hope. Most of the people we assist have lost hope. If you don’t have hope, you don’t have anything. To many, Repair Affair is their last option for someone to help them. We help restore that hope that was once nearly lost. Also, you would believe the ones that receive the help are the ones being blessed. They usually are, but the individuals that truly get blessed are the volunteers,” said Good.

Good also stated being out and seeing the work being done on Repair Affair last year was emotional for him and that the message they wish to convey with the event every year is the same as the aforementioned goal — hope.

“We want the elderly and disabled in our community to see that their neighbors do care about them. I feel, being a Christian, that one of our largest responsibilities is to help others in need. And what better way to do that than in your own back door?”

The 20th Repair Affair is scheduled for April 28.