Kentwood Neighbors ‘Pay it Forward’ During Storm Clean-up

Posted at 9:17 PM, Jul 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-11 06:21:32-04

KENTWOOD, Mich. (July 10, 2014) — Cleanup from Sunday’s tornado continues for neighbors in Kent County who were caught in the path of destruction.

Many of those people can’t do that work alone . That’s why one group is “paying it forward” in Kentwood, going above and beyond to help those who don’t know where to turn.

“We have our full-time jobs and then we come out here and volunteer our time,” Joe Pironello said.

He posted on Facebook, hoping to get a group of people to help those in need  – and received an incredible response.

They’ve been spending all their free time outside of work helping neighbors in need.  The group is so inspired by helping others and their gratitude, they want to keep the group going helping their neighbors long after the cleanup is complete.

“We’d like to make this a giving-back-to-the-community (effort) and help as many as we can,” Nicole Postma said.

And for those receiving the help, that’s the good that’s come out of this destruction – and what they say they’ll remember.

“The people that gave back, that’s what we’ll be grateful for forever,” Greg Stauffer said.

If you want to join the volunteers or need help, you can find more information on the Kent County Residents Needing Help Facebook Page.