- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

FENTON, Mich. (AP) - A single mom in Fenton is hoping to make a difference in her community - one neighbor at a time.

After launching a new nonprofit, she’s looking for help to help others.

Like a lot of people, Cheryl Stewart has always given to charity.

Now, working out of her Fenton home, the single mom is hoping to make a real difference in the lives of people who are struggling.

“I just always felt this need to do more,” she told Flint TV station WJRT (https://bit.ly/1HJS0bJ ).

In February, Stewart started the nonprofit group ONE-BY-1. Alongside her two teenage sons, Dalton and Calvin, they help neighbors in need.

“We’ve done anywhere from rent assistance to the utility bills to food, gas,” Stewart said.

All in the Fenton community.

ONE-BY-1 assists people with one time needs, and they don’t hand out money to anyone. The payments are made directly to the landlord or utility company.

“We don’t even pay the whole rent, not at all, we can’t, we just pay a little portion, but you’re giving that individual or that family strength,” Stewart said.

Each time, they update the organization’s Facebook page.

A recent post says, “Today we helped an elderly woman.” Her husband had passed away and she had no one to help clear her yard. The three went out there with some tools and got the job done.

“Seeing the expression on her face when we were helping her because she couldn’t do much and we went out there to help, it was nice,” Dalton said.

“It makes me feel really wonderful. It’s a lot better to experience helping somebody and have that feeling than to go play games or something like that,” Calvin said.

Stewart started ONE-BY-1 with $1,100 of her own money. That went pretty fast. She and the boys are now relying on donations to keep the giving going.

She thinks that so far they’ve probably helped around 40 people in some way.





Information from: WJRT-TV, https://abclocal.go.com/wjrt



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