Tears filled her eyes as she looked at the new chairs, curtains, lamps, décor and freshly painted walls.
For the past week and a half, Jeisy and her daughters, Caroline and Kendall Jeisy Word, have known little about the work being done in their Grand Haven Township home.
Brenda Jeisy’s friends, Greg Tomasik and Cary Howard, donated their time and talent in construction and interior design to transform part of the 1,576-square-foot first floor into a scene from a magazine.
Tomasik, of Absolutely Glass, and Howard, of InDesign, used the roughly $2,000 that Brenda saved, donations from her family and discounts from stores to makeover the living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, and Jeisy’s bedroom and vanity.
“This is unbelievable,” Jeisy said as she fought back tears. “I can’t believe this is my house.”
Initially, Jeisy saved the money to have her home painted before her parents’ anniversary party, which will be hosted at her home today. She likened the old wall color to the inside of a pumpkin. Her living room furniture consisted of mismatched items from family members.
Jeisy, who works for Grand Haven Area Public Schools and is working on her master’s degree, has been friends with Tomasik since they were younger. A few weeks ago, Jeisy met Howard and Tomasik for dinner and, as the friends got caught up about their lives, she mentioned having the first floor of her home painted.
During her drive back to Grand Rapids, Jeisy received a call from her friends informing her they planned to use her money to redo her entire first floor. As it sank in, Jeisy said she teared up.
“It was just such a great gift,” she said.
The men called it “sheer luck” that they ran into Jeisy at that point in their lives. It was the first time they met up in about one-and-a-half years.
“To see her happy is a thrill,” Tomasik said.
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