2010-05-07 / Community

Graybeards Lend A Hand To One Of Their Own

Left, the size of the dumpster tells the story. Two of these were filled to overflowing by the volunteers, who spent the day removing and disassembling every bit of furniture and fixtures in the home, from sofas to wall units, from the stove to the refrigerator. Left, the size of the dumpster tells the story. Two of these were filled to overflowing by the volunteers, who spent the day removing and disassembling every bit of furniture and fixtures in the home, from sofas to wall units, from the stove to the refrigerator. It was the hottest day of the year so far, a Saturday which for many was filled with communion parties, baby showers, fun on the beach and boardwalk, or perhaps, a chance to watch the Kentucky Derby. But that didn’t stop The Graybeards from turning out in big numbers on Saturday, May 1, to help out one of their own — Rick Horan — whose family suffered the loss of their possessions when their home burst into flames five weeks ago on the night of the group’s annual dinner-dance.

At least 20 members of the group, a charitable organization founded in 2001, donned work boots and gloves and showed up at the Horan home on Beach 127 Street to lend a hand as Rick, Kathy, Kate and Patrick began the difficult task of removing the charred remains of their belongings and salvaging what they could.
Rows and rows of black garbage bags were filled with smoke and water-soaked clothing, while items of importance or sentimental value were secured for the family throughout the day. Rows and rows of black garbage bags were filled with smoke and water-soaked clothing, while items of importance or sentimental value were secured for the family throughout the day.
Some of the participants who worked mightily throughout the day. Some of the participants who worked mightily throughout the day.
Left, when their labors were completed, the members shared some liquid refreshments together on the front lawn. Donations to the Horan family may be mailed or delivered to The Graybeards, located at 436 Beach 129 Street in Belle Harbor. Photos by Vivian Rattay Carter Left, when their labors were completed, the members shared some liquid refreshments together on the front lawn. Donations to the Horan family may be mailed or delivered to The Graybeards, located at 436 Beach 129 Street in Belle Harbor. Photos by Vivian Rattay Carter
Kathy and Kate sort through photos and other mementos on the front porch of their home. Kathy and Kate sort through photos and other mementos on the front porch of their home.

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