Home, Sweet Home at Last

Teresa Sperger and her son Kyle and friends were overtaken by emotion as their newly renovated Aldergrove home was unveiled by the AOK Extreme Home Repair Team on Monday.

The Sperger family were put up at Walnut Grove for the past week while the AOK Team gutted and rebuilt the home, as the ninth annual AOK project for an Aldergrove family that needed a helping hand.

In a week’s time a large crew of AOK Extreme Home Repair volunteers completely transformed the Sperger family home in Aldergrove. Donors contributed materials and goods, as well as fed the volunteers crews, and the results were revealed to Teresa and Kyle Sperger on Victoria Day Monday.

AOK is an outreach of the Aldergrove Seventh-day Adventist Church and stands for Acts of Kindness. Each year they choose a family in Aldergrove for the home make-over and the Spergers were chosen because of their difficulties resulting from Teresa’s late son Christopher’s cancer diagnosis in 2003.

Teresa took four years off work as a bank clerk to look after her youngest son, until his passing in 2007. This had almost bankrupted the family and it was only through the help of her father and neighbours that Teresa was able to hold on to the house.

The house was always spotless but fell into disrepair and the roof had begun to leak.

All of this has now been taken care of and on Monday a large group of well-wishers cheered as a large bus was pulled back to allow Teresa and Kyle their first view of their remodelled home.

It was a beautiful act of kindness.

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