NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - More than 1,800 people in Erie County are afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis.
On Saturday, 200 volunteers spent their day going into 37 homes to do either household chores or much needed repair work to help those with MS.
Teri Arndt of North Tonawanda is one of the recipients who saw her home transformed .
"I never expected it," she said. "My daughter Lisa wrote a letter and nominated me and my husband because there's so much here that needs to be done and we just can't do it. So she nominated us and we were lucky enough to be chosen and it's exciting."
The disease attacks the central nervous system and can be chronic and often times disabling, making every day tasks nearly impossible.
"People don't get it," Arndt said. "I wish people understood just getting up in the morning is work. And then trying to do anything that I want to do. A normal person will do a load of laundry in an hour, it takes me two hours to do a load."
But you don't need to tell that to the volunteers. Those who went to Arndt's home today are from Homewatch Care Givers in Williamsville.
"We're going to be painting inside, and doing some landscaping out here, organizing closet space and just getting to things that are in need," said Marketing Coordinator Christina Bosilkovski.
No matter the size of the task, recipients are appreciative of the help.
"I can't believe things are getting done that I've been wanting done for years. I'm thankful, I'm so thankful for you guys coming," Arndt said.
MS Service Day also serves as a fundraiser. Leftover money and materials will be put into the MS Independence Fund to pay for home maintenance and modifications throughout the year.
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