Volunteers help 87-year-old Lansing woman renovate home


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Even though Thanksgiving just passed, a few groups in Lansing are still in the spirit of giving by helping out a Lansing woman in need.

While her house might not look too bad from the outside, the woman who lives inside has faced problems for months.

“I have been in this house for 58 years,” said Lois Faggion.

Faggion is an 87-year-old woman whose Lansing home was recently taken over by rats.

“We got looking at it and you can see where those rats were coming up through that drain,” said Faggion.

Lois eventually just took the matter into her own hands.

“I had to end up killing them with a hammer, and I still get really upset about that because I know they were God’s creatures,” said Faggion.

After her story went public, those across the capital area volunteered to help Lois out by fixing up her home.

“We heard about this, we stepped up and the rest is history,” said Tuesday Toolmen volunteer Gene Wriggelsworth.

“When I met Lois, when I first met her, I said to myself you know, we want to help,” Michael McKissic, the founder of the Mikey 23 Foundation.

The groups are doing work such as replacing windows, putting down new carpet, and fixing cracked steps, and Faggion says she’s forever grateful.

“I keep saying thank you, what else can I do, how else can I tell them by telling them thank you very much,” said Faggion.

As we’re in the season of giving, McKissic says he wouldn’t want it any other way.

“These are one of the things that as human beings, we have to learn how to start giving back, and it’s not all about me, me, me, me, me, it’s about giving back to the people,” said McKissic.

Even though the work here is almost done, they say they plan to continue helping for years to come.

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