Being Neighborly

Cathy Salustri


Being Neighborly

Pat Heckerd, one of close to 20 volunteers, works the paint sprayer at Saturday's Gulfport Neighbors event.

 Think of the Gulfport Neighbors as community superheroes. When one Gulfportian realized a local family had run into trouble and, as a result, their home had fallen into disrepair, the Gulfport Neighbors came to the rescue, entreating fellow Gulfportians to donate their time and expertise to help their neighbors – even if they'd never met them.

"Serious illness caused them to fall in some hard times," Neighbors Vice President Margarete Tober said Saturday morning. Almost 20 people donated part of their Saturday to help paint the house. Home Depot donated the paint, the Citgo donated Cuban sandwiches, and Stella's, Marsha Warner and McDonald's also donated food.

Saturday's volunteer session marked the second such session for this home. In addition to taking on special projects such as one where extenuating circumstances might put the homeowner in danger of receiving sometimes overwhelming code violations, the Gulfport Neighbors regularly have beach cleanups. Click here for more information.