Woman ripped off on Craigslist, then helped by community volunteers

A Shasta County woman who was experiencing difficult times was lifted up by a group of community volunteers.

Posted: Mar 9, 2019 11:39 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - About a dozen volunteers gave up their Saturday morning to help out a senior in need.

It was all for one woman who had a stroke and now, can not do much work around the house. She hired yard workers from Craigslist to help -- but was ripped off. 

The community group United Shasta heard about the woman's situation and offered to help with cleaning and repairs.

It was a small effort, but the woman says it has made a world of difference.

Volunteer Robert Balke said, "I mean she pretty much lost it. She broke down...cried... which almost brought me to tears... and she's just thankful."

"Now we've got about 10 or 11 volunteers here," Balke explained. "The house is already cleaned... vacuumed. We've got the fence temporarily propped back up," he explained.

It only took about two hours for volunteers to get all the work done.

One neighbor even offered to pay for supplies if the group would replace the fence that borders his property.

They say they will be back to finish the job as soon as the ground dries.

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