U.S. Army Air Force veteran Morris "Monty" Koffer and his wife Edith now have their home in order, thanks to the volunteer efforts of PSEG Long Island employees.
More than 20 PSEG-LI workers donated their time in December to help the Koffers. Collaborating with Moonjumpers, a charitable foundation that provided a dumpster for depositing refuse, the volunteers performed a thorough yard cleanup, removing 20 yards of waste and debris.
"When you're 96, yard work and housecleaning are not chores that come easy," PSEG Long Island meter technician Frank Moorhus said in statement.
Moorhus, of Hampton Bays, connected the PSEG-LI volunteers after a mutual acquaintance told him about the disrepair at the Koffer home.
The volunteers removed three years worth of branches and leaves from the yard, and helped the couple organize their home. All told, the volunteers spent more than six hours getting the yard, basement and garage in ship shape.
"I asked my wife - she had to pinch me because I can't believe what I see here," Koffer said in a statement about the support he received.
"Everything is done," he added. "It was like a wild forest with dead branches all over the yard. It's amazing to see how they cleaned it up. They did a remarkable job. It's beautiful. It looks like a new house. We're very, very thankful."
Moorhus wasn't surprised that his co-workers wanted to assist.
"When I learned of Monty and Edith's situation, I knew that my company and co-workers would step in to help," Moorhus said. "Everyone was so enthusiastic and made a real difference for this couple, which shows the true spirit of giving during this holiday season."
The cleanup was just one event through PSEG-LI's community partnership program.