WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- When the temperatures tops 90 degrees, many people put off work that needs to get done outside. But one group of friends in West Haven is braving the heat and humidity to fix a home for a friend in need.
Clearing logs, and working on a West Haven home is hard work on a hot day.
"There's days we get irritable, days everybody clashes," said Michael Duane, a friend.
But they keep going, and it's all for 20-year-old Amanda Evers. Her father died when she was four, her mother passed away two years ago, and her only brother, Jay, died three months ago.
"It's been really hard. Even after my mom passed, Jay and me, we got close. We were already really close, but we got extremely close. It was really hard," said Evers.
Her brother planned to work on the home this summer. Now, his friends are stepping up.
"As I'm talking to her and she's crying her eyes out, I'm looking at the house, she had no sanctuary. Her brother is gone, everything is gone. What can I do?" said Duane.
They started by gutting the house, removing mold, addressing structural issues, and making the home energy efficient.
The crew of friends and family has been working non-stop for the last six weeks determined to finish most of the work by early August. And, they won't let anything stop them, not even a heat wave.
"It's absolutely 100% worth it," said Lisa Dattilo, a friend.
"I try to get them food and drink, whatever they need, try to make them comfortable," said Evers. "They don't care about the heat, it was hot in June, sweaty and gross, they put up with it."
And Amanda couldn't be more grateful.
"It's been the hardest time in, I would assume, anybody's life, but it's just been extremely difficult, and they've been just amazing," said Evers.
The group working on that home for Amanda Evers is also raising money for the "Thumbs Up Fund," named in honor of Amanda's brother. He was always giving a thumbs up. The fund is meant to raise money so that Amanda and others can pay for college.
For more information, visit the "Thumbs Up Fund's" Facebook .
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