Helping Hands: Episode 4

Haymarket Food Pantry

One of the last places most people would expect to find is food pantry is in Haymarket, Virginia. Situated between our nation’s capitol and the Shenandoah Mountains, Haymarket is a quiet and affluential suburban community and is more known for its rural quaintness and country clubs rather than families dealing with food insecurity.

However, show up to the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry on any given Saturday morning and you’ll see a different side of the community. Before the doors are open, the lines have already formed. Families from every walk of life wait patiently to receive everything from locally grown organic produce to farm raised beef and poultry. Quality, nutritious food is what sets the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry apart from the organizations in the area and that’s all made possible by generous local business and farmers.

None of the services provided by the food pantry would be possible without the help of the volunteers who take time out of their busy schedules to lend a hand in their community. A testament to their dedication was the fact that the food pantry had no running water, working toilets or the electrical capacity to handle the many freezers and appliances needed to run the operation. Earlier in the year,

Home Depot had pledged to donate all the supplies for the electrical and plumbing work but needed a company to volunteer instillation services. Enter the Michael & Son Cares Program.

The Michael & Son Cares Program got its start in 2011 helping families and not for profit organizations with essential home repairs they can’t afford. After a few phone calls and meetings, Michael & Son Services was onsite restoring water services, installing toilets and upgrading the electrical panel. Within a matter of days, the volunteers had the relative comforts of home and an increased capacity for storing perishables, something the food pantry desperately needed.

All of the work done by the Michael & Son Cares Program is documented and shown on NBC’s “Helping Hands”.

Washington DC NBC 4

Saturday, December 6th – 10am

Charlottesville NBC 29

Sunday December 7th – 10am

Richmond NBC 12

Sunday December 7th – 7:30pm

Norfolk ABC 13

Sunday December 7th – 9:30am

Thanks to our friends at Home Depot, we were able to make a huge difference at the Haymarket Food Pantry.

Helping Hands: Episode 3

The Moore Family

The Moore Family’s two 3 year old twins sons suffer from Miller Dykes syndrome; a brain disease that causes fatal seizures. Despite the family and doctors best efforts, Nicolas and Byron will most likely only life a few more short years. The family is in desperate need of an HVAC system for their home and with the heat wave hitting the area, that need is even greater.

If you would like to discuss the Cares Program or Helping Hands with the Cares Team or their recipients, please contact Shadi Tahrawi at (571) 237-8209 or shadi.tahrawi@michaelandson.com.

Make sure to tune in, showtimes below:

Washington DC NBC 4

Saturday, November 29th – 10am

Charlottesville NBC 29

Sunday, November 30th – 10am

Richmond NBC 12

Sunday, November 30th – 12pm

Norfolk ABC 13

Sunday, November 30th – 9:30am

WATCH THE EPISODE HERE

 

Plumbers Black Friday

In retail, the busiest day of the year is the day after Thanksgiving, also known as “Black Friday”. It’s not only the retail industry that gets slammed the day after Thanksgiving; it’s also known as the plumbers Black Friday. With all the food and family under one roof, residential plumbing systems get worked harder than they do all year.

“There is no other time of the year where we as plumbers see such a high volume in calls” said Michael & Son Plumber, Malcolm Coleman. “The issues are usually backed up drains, broken garbage disposals and of course, clogged toilets” continued Coleman.

Michael & Son Services is inviting media to join along on an actual Black Friday residential plumbing call. Ourplumber can offer tips to viewers on how to avoid common plumbing problems and preventative DIY tips for homeowners. If you would like to join a Michael & Son Services for a residential Black Friday plumbing call, please contact Shadi Tahrawi at (571) 237-8209 or email shadi.tahrawi@michaelandson.com.

Michael & Son Services has supplied news programs with a knowledgeable, articulate, home services technician who has experience appearing on television programs. Our technicians can offer safety suggestions and DIY tips pertaining to residential electrical, plumbing and HVAC issues. Our technicians have appeared on “Lets talk Live”, “Fox and Friends” and many other news segments. 

Helping Hands: Episode 2

Brandon Donaghy

Brandon Donaghy, a 32 year old man from Reva Virginia, has never had it easy. At the age of 9, Brandon lost his mother to a drunk driver and was forced to endure the harsh realities of life without her loving guidance. In a devastating twist of fate, at the age of 16 Brandon was involved in a near fatal car accident which left him in a coma for weeks. As a result of the coma, Brandon was left with permanent and severe brain damage that affects his memory to this day.

Because of his injuries, Brandon is unable to work and relies on a small, monthly stipend of Government disability payments to support himself and his 4 children. With the monthly payments being hardly enough to pay for basic necessitates, Brandon was unable to make essential repairs to his home; the most pressing issue being a broken furnace. As the prospect of a harsh winter loomed over head, Brandon decided to take a leap of faith and called the Michael & Son Cares Program.

“After hearing the Donaghy story from my Cares Project Manager, I knew we had to help” said Basim Mansour, Proud Son & Owner of Michael & Son Services. It’s long been one of our goals to extend our program to all areas in Virginia; the Donaghy family great is a great place to start!

You can see the whole story on the season premiere of “Helping Hands” Sunday, November 16th at 12:30 pm. Helping Hands documents the work of the Michael & Son Cares Program and the families they assist. If you would like to discuss the Cares Program or Helping Hands with the Cares Team or their recipients, please contact Shadi Tahrawi at (571) 237-8209 or shadi.tahrawi@michaelandson.com.

Make sure to tune in, showtimes below:

Washington DC NBC 4

Saturday, November 22nd – 10am

Charlottesville NBC 29

Sunday, November 23rd – 10am

Richmond NBC 12

Sunday, November 23rd – 12pm

Norfolk ABC 13

Sunday, November 23rd – 9:30am

WATCH THE EPISODE HERE

Wizards Game!

Not stopping at just the home repairs, the Michael & Son Cares Program worked with their friends at the Verizon Center to give the Donaghy family a special night out at a Wizards game. The family enjoyed court side seats for the Wizards warm-up where they were able to meet players and take pictures. The Donaghy’s went from court side to a luxury, catered suite to watch the rest of the Wizards / Pacers game. It was surely a night they won’t soon forget.


Winterize your outdoor faucets!

Don’t Make This Common Homeowner Mistake!

Brrrrr…it is definitely getting colder outside! Make sure you follow these steps to winterize your outdoor faucets. Just remember–you’re avoiding a disaster in the spring by properly removing your hoses and turning off your outside water supply lines!

As we’re nearing the winter months and our first frost, it’s time to disconnect your garden hose(s) and turn off the water to your hose bibb (also commonly known as an outdoor faucet). Even though we’ve had above normal temperatures lately, it’s best to disconnect the hose early — one night of freezing weather can cause a break in the pipes.

In order to prevent damages to your home and belongings this winter, we’ve provided you with step-by-step instructions to properly winterize your hose bibb:

1. Regardless of what kind of hose bibb you have, frost proof or not, it’s important to remove your garden hoses from the spigot first.

a. After you remove the hose, untie any kinks or knots, and then drain all of the water out completely.

b. When the water is drained and the kinks are out, wind the hose in a circular shape and store it in a warmer location like your basement or heated garage. Sometimes garages and outdoor sheds reach freezing temperatures, which can ruin the hose.
2. The next step is to inspect your outdoor faucet for leaks. It’s important to repair any leaks or drips you find. It doesn’t matter how much water is leaking or the speed of the drip, the water can build up and freeze in the pipe or the fixture causing a major mess.

3. Once you’ve removed the hose and inspected the area for leaks and drips, it’s time to turn off your inside supply line. Once you’ve shut that off, make sure you turn on your outdoor faucet to drain the existing water — this is very important. If you have a hose bibb that is not frost-proof, the best way to do this is to shut off that line, if possible, and drain it down. If you can’t isolate the water supply to the hose bibb to shut it off be sure to use extra insulation.

4. For extra protection, consider installing a hose bib cover or a frost-proof hose bibb. The covers are typically made of thick foam so it’s effective keeping most of the cold away from the valve.

Once you’ve completed the steps above, your garden hose and hose bibb should be ready for the cold weather.

We know the last thing you need to worry about this winter is a plumbing issue, so if you’re interested in installing a frost-proof hose bibb, give us a call today!

 

Helping Hands: Episode 1

The Ford Family

The Michael & Son Cares Program is back in the community and making a difference in the lives of families in need. Most recently, the Cares program brought light to a home that has been dark for several years now. With a faulty electrical system and seven children in the home, the Ford family lived in constant fear of an electrical fire and losing their homeowners insurance.

Along with rescuing the family from the risk of a home fire and losing their homeowners insurance, Michael & Son has also stepped in to sponsor the Fords Family First Annual Family Reunion. Press is invited attend the reunion and tour of the home where the work was completed and

For years the Ford family lived with a faulty electrical system in their home. Using just one power outlet for all their power needs, the homes tangled mess of extension cords was like the fuse to an electrical fire waiting to be lit. The family not only lived under the fear of a possible fire, they also were at risk of losing their homeowners insurance. With nearly all hope lost, Josline Ford made a fateful call to the Michael & Son Cares Program.

“When my Cares Team told me about the Ford Family and their electrical problems I knew we had to act. Being an electrician myself, I knew the family was facing a dire situation” said Basim Mansour, Proud Son and owner of Michael & Son Service. We stepped in to make sure the family had a safe source of power and be more comfortable in their home” continued Mansour.

If you would like to discuss the Cares Program or Helping Hands with the Cares Team or their recipients, please contact Shadi Tahrawi at (571) 237-8209 or shadi.tahrawi@michaelandson.com.

Make sure to tune in, showtimes below:

Washington DC NBC 4

Sunday, November 16th – 12pm

Charlottesville NBC 29

Sunday, November 16th – 10am

Richmond NBC 12

Sunday, November 16th – 12pm

Norfolk ABC 13

Sunday, November 16th – 9:30am

WATCH THE EPISODE HERE

New Season of Helping Hands!

The NEW season of Helping Hands premieres NOVEMBER 16TH! Showtimes below:

We have a lot of great episodes this season, make sure you tune in!

Washington DC NBC 4
-Sunday, 11/16 12p-1230p
-Saturday, 11/22 10a-1030a
-Saturday, 11/29 10a-1030a
-Saturday, 12/6 10a-1030a
Charlottesville NBC 29
Sunday 11/16 @ 10am
Sunday 11/23 @ 10am
Sunday 11/30 @ 10am
Sunday 12/7 @ 10am
Richmond NBC 12
Sunday 11/16 @ 12pm
Sunday 11/23 @ 12pm
Sunday 11/30 @ 12pm
Sunday 12/6 @ 7:30pm
Norfolk ABC 13
Sunday 11/16 @ 9:30am
Sunday 11/23 @ 9:30am
Sunday 11/30 @ 9:30am
Sunday 12/7 @ 9:30am

And then there was light!

Our latest Cares Project focused on the DC based Ford Family, who had very limited power in their home. Because of the overloaded panel, the family also faced the prospect of an electrical fire, which was even more magnified, as Ms. Ford, takes care of her husband, son, daughter, and five grandchildren in this home. This family was at risk of losing home owner insurance and Michael & Son stepped in just in time, making all necessary repairs to ensure the family was safe and had insurance.

 

 

Haymarket Food Drive!

The Michael & Son Cares Program has recently been working with the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry on plumbing and electrical repairs to their distribution facility. The food pantry is in need of Thanksgiving related items for the upcoming holiday and is reaching out to its sponsors for assistance. Starting tomorrow, through October 31st, we will be holding a food drive to help the families who visit the Haymarket Region Food Pantry. There will be a box located at reception (Alexandria office) where non-persibale, Thanksgiving related food items can be left. Thank you in advance for your generosity and please email shadi.tahrawi@michaelandson.com
Here are some examples of what is needed…

Canned Vegetables (Green Beans, Refried Beans, Black Beans, Corn, Sweet Potatoes, White Potatoes, Squash, Greens, etc.

Boxed Potatoes and Rice (Mashed, Scalloped, White – Brown – Yellow Rice, Boxes or Bags)

Boxed Pasta Mixes (Macaroni, Mac-n-Cheese)

Boxed or Bagged Stuffing Mixes (Cornbread, Herb, Plain, Bags/Boxes)

Bags of Flour, Cornmeal, Biscuit mixes (Wheat, All-Purpose, White)

Boxes of Baking Goods (Cake Mixes, Brownies, Pie makings)

Cans of Gravy (Turkey, Chicken)

Cans of Fruit (Apple, Cranberry, Cranberry Sauce, Pineapple, Applesauce, etc.)

 

Reva Virginia Cares Project

Brandon Donaghy, a 32 year old man from Reva, Virginia has never had it easy. At the age of 9, Brandon lost his mother to a drunk driver, and was forced to endure the harsh realities of life without her guidance. In a devastating twist of fate, at the age of 16 Brandon was involved in a near fatal car accident which left him in a coma for weeks. As a result of the coma, Brandon was left with permanent and severe brain damage that affects his memory to this day.

Brandon’s injuries have left him unable to work and he relies on a small, monthly stipend of Government disability payments to support himself and his 4 children. Because his monthly payments are hardly enough to pay for basic necessitates, Brandon was unable to make essential repairs to his home; the most pressing issue being a broken furnace. With the prospect of a harsh winter looming over his head, Brandon took a leap of faith and called the Michael & Son Cares Program.

“After hearing the Donaghy story from my Cares Project Manager, I knew we had to help” said Basim Mansour, Proud Son & Owner of Michael & Son Services. It’s long been one of our goals to extend our program to all areas in Virginia; and the Donaghy family is a great place to start.

The work will begin at the Donaghy on October 16th at 11:00am. Press is invited to meet the family and discuss the Michael & Son Cares Program with its director and volunteers. If you would like to attended, please contact Shadi Tahrawi at (571) 237-8209 or email to shadi.tahrawi@michaelandson.com.

Michael & Son Services established their non- profit “Cares” charitable program in October of 2010 which assists community members during their time of need.  To date the project has helped dozens of  local families and in the process won them the Washington Business Journal’s regional Jefferson Award recognizing philanthropic efforts.  In addition to their community based program, Michael & Son actively sponsors Dreams for Kids, Salt Water Soldiers and the Police Unity Tour chapter IV.