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Louisa woman grateful for helping hands

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Sixty-one-year-old Louisa resident Nell Johnson had been praying for help. Her home of 16 years was losing its paint, her gutters were crooked and clogged, and her hedges were growing scragglier by the day.

On Thursday, Sept. 5, employees from the Dominion North Anna Power Station became the answer. More than 20 workers gathered at the house to make as many improvements as possible in one day as part of their “Day of Caring” plan.

“This is incredible,” Johnson said of the work. “It’s like the show Extreme Home Makeover is on the outside! They’re going at it.”

Johnson is right. Workers showed up at 8 a.m., with a common mindset of working until the job is done.

Using their own tools and working at no charge to the homeowner, Dominion has been holding Day of Caring events for the past few years. The project, headed by Supervisor of Licensing Page Kemp, serves as a way for the company to show its appreciation to the community.

“It’s great. Instead of going to work, you come here,” Kemp said. “It takes time to set up, but it’s fun being able to help people … They’re overwhelmed that a big company would come out and do this for them.”

To read the entire story, see the Sept. 12 edition of The Central Virginian.