Volunteers get to work at Chesterfield Square Apartments

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Dozens of volunteers and moving companies are making good on a promise to help the displaced elderly fire victims of Chesterfield Square Apartments. The group saw the victims' plea for help on NBC 12 and decided to get involved.

The fire victims are quite emotional over the outpouring of support. Many volunteers showed up early this morning and without hesitation - they got right to work.

Help is here. Bit by bit, and piece by piece, volunteers are wrapping, lifting, and hauling items that belong to elderly and disabled fire victims -- for free.

Josh Turner is a college student. He heard the victims' plea for help on NBC12 and decided to step up.

"Helping people out - it's just the right thing to do and we need to get the work done," said Turner.

Donald Chambers owns Xpress Movers. He's volunteering his time and truck.

"When I heard about it on Channel 12, like I said, I just had to do something," said Chambers.

Chesterfield Square Apartments caught fire earlier this month. More than a hundred elderly and some disabled residents were forced from their homes. Many of them don't have friends or family to help them collect their stuff. So, the community is reaching out. High school senior Zane Pinkleton says lending a hand gives him a sense of satisfaction.

"They have so much to offer, and they already have throughout their lives. It's just great to connect generations and to be able to help them in any way we can," said Zane.

After several hours of packing and loading, it was time to deliver the items to Mickey Schwartz -- one of the fire victims. Schwartz says he had no way of getting his goods moved without help.

"I can't thank them enough. They will be blessed one day. The good lord will see they'll be blessed for their kindness and help," said Schwartz.

The volunteers say they plan on coming back tomorrow and the day after until their help is no longer needed.

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