April 2, 2012
Richie Maher is retired and spends most of her time trying to help others. While delivering food with Meals on Wheels last year she met 89-year-old James West and found out he didn't have a well.
“I just feel everybody has a right to clean water," she the creator of the James West Well Fund. "Everybody who has a home should have clean running water available to them at their home site."
Although West has to use the restroom outside and walk through the woods to his neighbors house to get water, he doesn't complain. Something that compelled Maher to help him get running water.
She's setting up donation jars around town, asking the community to help raise $5,000 to dig a well for West. “Just to provide him a healthier life. He's a wonderful person. James is just well known in this community for just being a good Christian. Very friendly, always giving,” she said.
He's especially generous when it comes to sharing vegetables from his garden. In addition to helping his garden flourish, having running water will make many aspects of his life easier. It's for that reason that Richie Maher is being recognized as a hero.
“Life can be improved. If you can improve it just this little bit, do it for heaven's sake,” she exclaimed.
So far, Maher has raised more than $1,400. If you would like to donate to the James West Well Fund, stop by a Virginia Community Bank branch and drop off a donation check made payable to the "James West Well Fund." You can also mail checks to: 187 Mulberry Meadow , Mineral, Va. 23117.
Donation jars are also located at the Dickinson Store at the intersection of Route 522 and Route 208 and Gulf Express in the town of Mineral.