BRENTWOOD, Md. (FOX 5 DC) - A Prince George's County woman has worked to help her community eight hours a day, six days a week for more than two decades and has declined any compensation for her good deeds.
Charlene McCall has been volunteering for the Fuller Center for Housing in Brentwood for 23 years. The center helps seniors and veterans with affordable housing and home improvements.
"People need homes and senior citizens especially need our services to make repairs to their homes because as a senior citizen I know we live on a limited income. We cannot afford to make repairs to our homes," McCall said.
She has helped answer the phones, sort donations and helped in the thrift store that raises money for the center's projects. McCall has done all this with a smile and without a paycheck. In fact, they offered her a salary, but she declined it. She'd rather see the money go back to the community.
"I appreciate the opportunity to work in the community and to see the joy we can bring to people in the community and they need so much help," McCall explained.
Because she has given so much to her community, FOX 5 and Easterns Automotive Group teamed up to give back to McCall and to help her to continue to Pay It Forward.
Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group surprised McCall with a $1,500 donation made to the Fuller Center on her behalf and a full-spa day at Cosmedica Natural Day Spa.
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