BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Last week 23ABC first told you about an elderly man forced out of his home for numerous code violations and the growing community effort to get him back in.
The laundry list of violations have been stacking up for years, and for 85-year-old Herbert Jackson, the ability to repair the damage became too much to deal with.
After 23ABC first aired the story when Jackson was forced out of his home by Code Compliance, the community started showing interest in helping him to get his home back up to code.
Volunteers showed up Monday to help him clean out his home, tree trimmers cleared out the branches effecting the power lines and electrical contractors began repairing the damage caused by a fire so many years ago.
"It all needed to be done, and I can't do it myself," said Jackson. "I thank them very much, I wish someday I am able to give someone else a hand."
County Supervisor Leticia Perez has been organizing teams of volunteers to facilitate what needs to be done. Community members paid the water bill along with the county permits and fines to pave the way to get the work started on Jackson's home.
The electricity in Jackson's home that has been off since 2008 is expected to be back on by tomorrow. Organizers tell us more volunteers and supplies are still needed.
Those who want to help Herbert can contact Supervisor Leticia Perez's office at (661) 868-3690 and ask for Chief of Staff Nicole.
Audrey Chavez, community advocate, has organized a Facebook page dedicated to helping Herbert and has provided a wish list of items for anyone who wants to donate.
Items can be dropped off at the following locations;
The Jasmine Nyree Day Center located at 801-18th Street, Bakersfield, CA
StewardsInc Corp 2211 H Street, Bakersfield, CA
Living Room Needs:
2 Lamps (Janis Varner)
Window blinds (Sizes will be posted tomorrow)
Dinette set for 4
Cups and Glasses for 4 (Chelsea Esquibas)
Plates and bowls for 4 (Chelsea Esquibas)
Cooking Utensils (Janis Varner)
Toaster (Chelsea Esquibas)
Clock (Chelsea Esquibas)
Trash can/bags (Chelsea Esquibas)
Kitchen towels and potholders
Coffee Maker (Samantha)
Can opener (Can opener)
Sink rug (Navarros)
First aid kit (Navarro/Olivo Family)
Twin beds (2)
Sheet sets (Alejandra Garcia,
Night stands (2)
Bathroom Needs: DONE!!!
Large/Med/ Small Bath Towels (Loretta Navarro) (Janis Varner)
Trash Can (Loretta Navarro)
Shower Curtain (Loretta Navarro)
Toilet Brush (Loretta Navarro)
Plunger (Loretta Navarro)
Bath Rug (Loretta Navarro) (Janis Varner)
Cabinet for over toilet for storing items (Loretta Navarro)
Towel rod/rack (Loretta Navarro)
Laundry Room Needs:
Compact Gas Dryer
Laundry Soap and Dryer Sheets (Navarro/Olivo Family)
Clothes Hamper (Janis Varner)
2 Garden Hoses
2 Spray nozzles
1 Push broom
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