Pets in Peril receives new roof built by inspired volunteers

FLINT (WJRT) - (04/13/19) - Pets In Peril offers support in her Dog Depot with items like food and vet care for people with financial difficulties. Volunteers typically deliver items to families in need.

The founder, Edith Campbell, has operated out of her home for 40 years. Last month she found out her homeowners insurance would not provide coverage because of a leaky roof.

"We've got to keep our supplies safe and not wet. We need to keep it dry and safe and have a center for everyone to come to in order to get supplies to help more people," Campbell said.

Brian Moss, one of Campbell's volunteers, overheard that she needed some help. He says this project was a way to give back to his hero and mentor for all she's given of herself.

"The roof needed to be done. The insurance company was going to cancel her insurance, so said, 'You know what? Let's do it! Let's get it done!' I just decided I'm going to spearhead the project," Moss said.

Moss called Michigan Lumber to get heavily discounted materials and the volunteers paid the difference. With the material in hand, the volunteers lucked out on laboring on a sunny Saturday.

"We got here this morning at 8:00 a.m. We started tearing the old shingles off. After that, you're now fixing roof. You're fixing sheeting. You're looking for rotten spots. You're looking for bad spots. You're cutting wood out. You're replacing it with decking. We got all the pieces and parts that we needed to cover with that," Moss said.

It's a process took the entire day and they'll still need about two more days to finish. After sheeting is done, the volunteer crew will need to shingle it. Aside from keeping the water away from supplies, it keeps the Depot where it belongs: with Campbell.

She remembers how it was when volunteers didn't even exist.

"It was me at first. If I got a helper or a couple people, that would be it. I have 17 people now," Campbell said.

Although she's acknowledged the past, Campbell is certainly fixed more on the future.

"I'm in my retiring years, so to have that means it's going to continue on after me if you got people like this," Campbell said.

If you'd like to help out with either service or donations, contact Edith Campbell or visit their website or their Facebook page.

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