Mayor Jerry Abramson: This is "Neighbor Helping Neighbor" weekend
Mayor Abramson gave a helping hand in storm cleanup duty Saturday, and he wants the city to do the same. With a lopper in hand, Mayor Abramson declared this weekend: "Neighbor Helping Neighbor" weekend.
"It makes me feel good that people care," said Dorothy McDonald, a homeowner.
McDonald was out of town Sunday when the windstorm hit.
"I had a feeling the tree would be down, and it was," said McDonald.
It's the eighth tree in just two years that's landed in her yard.
"It's getting to be a very big expense," said McDonald.
The mayor, several Brightside volunteers, and a few neighbors came to Dorothy's rescue.
"She called in and needed some help. We said that we'd get a group together and that we would assist her. That's the way things are going to get cleaned up, especially for those who don't have the physical wherewithal to do it," said Abramson.
One of Dorothy's neighbors brought his wagon to haul away tree limbs.
"We're all in it together. They help me, and I help them," said Bill Newkirk, McDonald's Neighbor.
Even the smallest can give a hand. Dorothy certainly appreciates it, after losing power for three days and dumping out a fridge and freezer-full of food.
"The way our economy is going, the way things are going, we've just got to be more of a community," said Newkirk.
Sunday's windstorm is putting people like Dorothy on edge about tall and old trees that are too close to home.
"I'm really afraid that the next storm is going to get it," said McDonald.
The mayor is urging individuals, churches and other organizations to help their neighbors by fixing a hot meal or cleaning up debris.