The Lewis Family Is This Week's Hometown Heroes

We head to Warrick County where one family has been carrying out random acts of kindness for years.

Posted: Aug 8, 2020 10:59 PM
Updated: Nov 10, 2020 10:03 AM

Generally speaking it's not the easiest of task, moving furniture for hours on end can be a struggle.

Except for Jerry Lewis, also dubbed, 'the furniture man.'

"We take the furniture, we pick it up, we deliver it to them, and we give it to them," says Jerry Lewis. "Everything is free of charge."

Lewis is reffering to the families at Albion Fellows Bacon Center.

The organization works to prevent domestic and sexual violence.

Lewis and his wife Kim getting involved nearly 15 years ago.

"The mother and kids usually all they have is the clothes on their back," says Lewis. "So they find a house for them to stay and after they find a place for them to stay, the ladies contact me as far as furiture and me and my wife and me and my wife go out to find these."

The couple spending hours on end making calls to consignment shops and local ads.

"Whenever you see the peoples faces after you help them, whenever you see the position they are in and you help them out, they wanna know what they are supposed to do for it," says Lewis. "You tell them 'nothing.' You just give it to them."

On average, the Lewis' help almost two dozen families a year.

Those they help have touched a special place in the Lewis' hearts, especially the children.

"I grew up part of my life without a father and I always said that If I got a chance to help a family with kids that's what I would do," says Lewis.

Sometimes it can feel like we're carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders, but it's peope like the Lewis' who remind us, sometimes there are people who make it just a little bit lighter, even if it's one piece of furniture at a time.

"People think you can get things with money and get joy and stuff out of it, but just going out and helping someone get a new start in life and seeing the exuberance on their face and the smiles, and the kids whenever they see things like this..it's just...everybody says its priceless....it is," says Lewis. 

If you would like to nominate someone for our Hometown Hero series, email Megan DiVenti at mdiventi@wevv.com.

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