It was as if angels had descended in southeast Columbus.

Almost 20 caring souls arrived to assist Rita Crubaugh, a disabled woman who had previously overcome even bigger obstacles as a single mom of six children.

During Friday’s rescheduled United Way Day of Caring project, Crubaugh saw deteriorating underground water pipes replaced, areas of her yard manicured, deteriorating siding replaced and her furnace repaired.

For free.

In addition, plans have been moved up to replace Crubaugh’s roof and windows at 2201 Ohio St. later this year.

Although it was one of several projects postponed a week by rain and flooding, nowhere was the spirit of the Day of Caring more evident, said Mark Stewart, president of the United Way of Bartholomew County.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.