The Intl. WeLoveU Foundation heard about a Hampton, Virginia resident in need of some help with yardwork. Ms. Celestine Monroe, a 92-year old resident, has lived in her Hampton home for the past 47 years. Due to some difficulties, Ms. Monroe has been unable to take care of her yard. To assist her around her property, 40 WeLoveU volunteers came ready to help on Sunday, May 26, 2019. When they first arrived, Ms. Monroe was shocked to see so many volunteers. “Forty-seven years I lived here and it’s the worse it’s looked,” said Ms. Monroe.
With a sense of urgency to help Ms. Monroe, volunteers began working right away. A few started painting the fence, cleaning out the gutters and power washing the house. Still others began refurbishing her swing, pulling up weeds, and bundling dead branches from the back yard.
These cleanup efforts grabbed the attention of neighbors on the block and drivers. As Ms. Monroe was monitoring the work, she said, “I am so grateful, I love it! [I] love it that there are so many people, young people that care about the elderly in Hampton. This is one of the best things that has ever happened to me.”
The Hampton Community Coming Together
Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck heard about this cleanup and stopped by. He shared many words of encouragement and thanks to the WeLoveU volunteers. Likewise, Ms. Spragen, City Development for Hampton representative, who also helped coordinate this group effort arrived as well.
She was moved to see WeLoveU’s enthusiasm to assist Ms. Monroe. The WeLoveU Foundation finds it very important to help its neighbors, especially to those who have devoted their lives to building today’s society through their hard work like Ms. Monroe. She reiterated numerous times how amazing it is to see people from all backgrounds express their love for the community through actions.
“When I turned the corner, actually it was breathtaking, overwhelming, jaw dropping, all of that. And I think it is a wonderful thing and hope you continue to do good work. Thank you all so much. The hardest thing to do is the right thing, so please continue to do the right thing.”Ms. Spragen, Hampton City Development