Volunteers filled garbage bags with debris from Annie Brown's home on Market Street in east Houston. They say insurance denied her claim, and it would have cost $2,000 for her to clean up the mess herself.
City Councilman Jerry Davis and the Council on American Islamic Relations stepped in to help.
"She's very grateful. She started tearing up. She couldn't imagine the hospitality that volunteers, people that never met her and vice versa, that can actually come out and help her out," volunteer Ahmad Alaswad.
Brown is staying with her sister-in-law while she waits for the city to decide whether the home should be demolished.
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