ROCKLEDGE, Florida, Oct. 11, 2016 — More than 50 families from St. Mary’s Catholic School and Church helped clean up the school grounds after Hurricane Matthew Saturdayand then a locally-owned business spent hours Sunday removing a 25-foot high tree that crashed onto the school’s playground.
Florida Home & Dock Life, LLC owner Davin T. Erickson and a few of his employees spent several hours Sunday cutting down the fallen tree with tools workers powered with a generator they brought along since there was no electricity. The men gave up their day of rest to ensure the area was safe for the children to play on Monday.
The families and business did it all at no cost to the school.
“We are very blessed that nothing happened to our home or business and so we wanted to focus on the people in our community that really needed the help,” Erickson said. “This community has been amazing to us and we wanted to give back.”
Erickson’s step-daughter, who suffered a traumatic brain injury, attends St. Mary’s and the support, generosity and kindness of the school and church community provided much needed support to the family as it adjusted to its new reality. She’s been recovering since the accident and is progressing.
“We were lost in life and were very scared,” said the Merritt Island native. “In the 36 years of my life, I have never been a part of a community that loves and cares about one another as much as this one.”
So when pictures of the damage and families cleaning up were posted on the school’s Facebook page, Erickson and his wife (who co-owns the company) made the decision to help.
“We are so grateful for all our wonderful families and church personnel who came to work at the school all morning Saturday to clean up debris, rake lawns, cut down fallen branches, and work to get the school ready to open on Monday,” said school principal Sandra Basinger. “And we are especially thankful for Florida Home & Dock Life, llc., that allowed us to open up the playground to our students Monday.
This kind of generous spirit and kindness is the reason that we are the wonderful community that we are … because of our caring and selfless school and church families.”
There’s still some work to be done, so students will be pitching in Wednesday, Oct. 12 to clean up as part of an early celebration of Make-A-Difference Day.