Six years after a tree fell from a vacant lot into Linda Smalley’s backyard, breaking fences and damaging decks, on Wednesday, Germantown homeowners picked up a tree that had taken the garden hostage. I was in awe and relieved to tear it apart and carry away the debris. .. A woman she had never met paid for it.
“Today is very joyful,” Smalley said on Wednesday. “I was able to dance the jig? And I know my back doesn’t forgive me.”
Smiley who hasn’t been able to work since the vehicle A few years ago, she suffered back and arm injuries and had been seeking help from state and city elected officials and city departments for years. She didn’t go anywhere. She was unable to contact the owner of the vacant lot, which the city authorities said was the cause of the damage.
And in mid-June The Philadelphia has published an article About her story. She was impressed by her story and was flooded with emails from indignant local readers. Some have offered to pay to get rid of the trees. Others said they couldn’t afford the full cost but wanted to contribute. Some have offered to bring a chainsaw to the tree. A group of women who run small charities and nonprofits in Chinatown wanted to know what they could do. A total of 22 people reached out to help Smalley.
“I just cried,” said Smolley, a 63-year-old Philadelphia who was thinking of leaving the city for her trials when she heard about the reaction.
“I tell you one thing: it reaffirms that there is hope for humanity,” she said. “They can say what they want about Philadelphia. There are good people.”
Less than an hour and a half after the Inquirer published the article online, a woman in her 70s contacted a reporter and, without advertising, got rid of the trees and paid for a repair of Smiley’s deck. I said I want to pay. Part 1 happened on Wednesday. Now the woman is looking for a contractor to repair the broken boards and stairs on Smalley’s deck.
Smalley gets emotional when she thinks, “A totally stranger was willing to do this for me.”
“It’s like removing the burden from my shoulders,” she said. “At the end of the tunnel, you will see a light that will allow you to use the garden. You will be able to sit behind.”
Without the article and reader response, Mr. Smalley said there was no doubt that the tree was still lying in his yard.
“We need the kindness of strangers,” she said. “I can’t afford to grow this tree in the world.”
She said it was a pity that she had to rely on strangers instead of the help or at least guidance from the politicians she voted for. A staff member who wasn’t trying to make a call by a member of Parliament Smallley contacted the Inquirer a few days ago to see if the office would help.
A local construction company specializing in plaster repairs is paying to cut down tall trees in Smalley’s backyard with branches that barely touch the windows in the back bedroom. Smalley is afraid that it will fall.
Rosane Mendes, general manager of Malburn-based McDermott Construction, read the story last month and shared it with the company’s owner, Andy McDermott. The company operates in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.
“I was really impressed with Linda’s story,” Mendes said. “We were ready to take care of everything, but Linda said she found someone to help us too.”
This month, Mendes is instructing the company’s landscape architects to cut down trees in Smalley’s backyard. She said she was right to worry about it. The tree is thin but tall and just keeps growing. So it’s good for her to be active, Mendes said. She especially said she “has had an experience where she couldn’t get help.”
With the fallen trees gone, Smalley could see the full extent of the damage to her fence. She plans to reach it as much as possible.
For now, she said she can’t wait to talk about “this blessing” to a family member of the church at the Greater Impact Worship Center in North Philadelphia on Sunday.
“Tell me,” she said. “God is not good.”