APPLING, GA (WFXG) - After seeing a story Fox 54 aired about a struggling veteran who couldn't even afford to pay his utilities, the community stepped up to help him out.
One of our viewers paid David Martin's light bill, and on Saturday morning a local motorcycle club got together and cleaned his yard.
"I couldn't afford trash service," Martin said. "Once my hours at work started deteriorating to five hours a week, I can't afford a $60 per month trash bill."
Trash collection was just one thing on Martin's long list of utilities he either can't afford, or chores he's not physically able to do. It wasn't too much for the group of about 20 people from Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and the High Rollaz motorcycle and SUV club.
"It hit home kind of hard because I think the veterans are the ones that really need help," said Nelson Robinson, High Rollaz's president. "They went out and supported us, and I think as far as the community, we should get out and do what we can for these guys, too."
The group hauled about nine months worth of trash to the landfill, cut down unwanted vegetation growing against his home, and cut all of the grass and weeds in his yard. Even a local soldier came to show his support.
"Being in the military we don't get a lot of extra time on our hands to do stuff like this as volunteer work and all that so it feels good to give back a little bit after he served our country," said Adam Phillips, an active duty soldier.
Martin received an outpouring of support from the community after he told us about his struggles.
"There's always good people out there," Martin said. "Yes, they're hard to find and some of them are willing to help like these people right here."
The volunteers say they were just happy they could help.
"I say God is good, and if he gives you the grace, you should go out and help someone," Robinson said.