STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Volunteers from several Trumbull County businesses were out donating their time and efforts Thursday morning to help clean up the home of a former Youngstown police officer.
Every year, Keller Williams Realty has what its calls RED Day, or Renew, Energize and Donate, in which local real estate agents reach out to either military veterans or law enforcement officers in the community, who may be in need because of age, health or their financial situations.
From there, agents round up volunteers to work on their homes — from landscaping to yard cutting. The annual day of service is the second Thursday of May each year.
Bob Easton, of Keller Williams Chervenic Realty, said, as a member of the community, he feels that it’s important to give back to those who have done so much for him.
“For me, to be able to come back into the neighborhoods that I work and spend time with these folks and help get their properties to where they want them to be when they’re not able to, that gives us a sense of pride, not only in our company, but in our community as well,” he said.
James Bates said his daughter and son-in-law live in the home that volunteers stopped at on Thursday. He said his son-in-law, a former Youngstown Police officer, retired from the force after an injury and was more recently paralyzed after falling down cellar stairs.
Bates said he was touched by the help from the community.
“It’s just amazing how nice these people are to do all this for him,” he said. “I really thank them a lot.”
The landscaping was completed by Mark Miller and Total Property Care.