Plumbing & mechanical association to repair Taylor woman's home

An 84-year-old Taylor widow will be the recipient of holiday goodwill provided by members of the Western Wayne Plumbing and Mechanical Association.

Association members will volunteer to replace fixtures and make a variety of repairs to the woman’s Haig Street home on December 2.

The event is known as Richter Day, named after Fred Richter, a member of the association who started a goodwill day in the 1960s. When Richter died, the day was renamed in his honor.

Every year, the members of the association select a needy resident of the area and do what they can to make his or her life better.

“We volunteer our expertise and get all the materials donated,” said Charley Johnson, owner of Alert Plumbing in Taylor and president of the association. “The woman we’ve selected is on a fixed income. Her husband passed away a couple years ago. She’s 84. We like doing things for seniors.”

Johnson said representatives from at least a dozen companies will be on site, starting at 9 a.m. on December 2.

“We tear it apart and put it back together,” he said. “We’re replacing all of the fixtures in her house. She’ll get a new toilet, a new bathtub faucet, a new vanity and sink, a new kitchen sink and faucet, a new laundry tub and faucet, a new water heater and new sump pump, plus some other miscellaneous repairs.”

All of the volunteers will give up a day’s income while working together to improve the local home.

“Everybody is a master plumber or a journeyman,” Johnson said. “Everybody knows what he’s doing. They get in there and get it done. It’s pretty neat.”

Richter Day shows that “there are good, honest contractors,” Johnson said.

“We’re out to help and do as much as we can when we can,” he said. “Usually, we try to do this in the fall. This year, it just got pushed back a little bit.”

The Western Wayne Plumbing and Mechanic Association is a group of professionals and business owners that prides itself on continuing education.

Johnson said the association supports a women’s shelter in Canton Township and is planning a spaghetti dinner at 2 p.m. December 3 at Albert’s on the Alley in Westland to raise funds for the family of a fellow plumber who has a brain tumor. Tickets will be available at the door.