Bagster donations help rebuild homes for low-income residents in Miami


Miami, Fla. On April 26, Waste Management donated 40 Bagster bags and 30 free collections during the Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade event in Miami. Florida Area Marketing Manager Stephen Preusse coordinated the donation for the organization’s annual National Rebuilding Day. More than 500 volunteers and 15 contractors donated their time, skills and materials. The mission of the non-profit organization is to assist elderly, disabled and/or veteran homeowners with repairs to their homes. All of the homeowners are considered low income and many are on fixed incomes. The repairs are done at no cost to the homeowner.

"We had a great day Saturday. We had close to 500 volunteers who were very enthusiastic and 20 very happy homeowners. I cannot tell you how valuable your contribution was to the success of this event," said Donna Fales, executive director of Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc.

At the event, volunteers and contractors rehabilitated 20 homes in one community. Repairs included new roofs, tenting, electrical work, plumbing, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant bathroom modifications, wheelchair ramps, flooring, painting and landscaping. All of the debris from the work was tossed into Bagster bags, which can hold up to 3,300 pounds.

PHOTO: Volunteers upgrade and remodel homes in Miami, Fla., during a Rebuilding Together event where 40 Bagster bags were donated.