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Levin's Delivers Another Big Surprise For 9/11 Volunteer's Dream Home

When the furniture store's general manager discovered even more furniture on layaway, he didn't hesitate to step up yet again. Watch what happens in this new video.


The kindness of strangers is real people. This is a true example of good people doing good things. For those of you who've been following the stories about 9/11 volunteer firefighter/EMT's Nick and Margaret Ursta, you know that we lost Nick last week. His struggle with cancer caused by debris at the Ground Zero site has ended along with his suffering.

Remembering Nick Ursta: Firefighter/EMT who volunteered at Ground Zero following the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City.

Throughout the last year we've been working with a ton of volunteers and organizations to remodel the Ursta home in Versailles Borough, just outside of McKeesport, PA. Today two amazing people stepped up yet again to finish the home for Margaret.

First up is Levin Furniture's Ken Corey. Not only did they take care of furniture during a shopping spree with Margaret, but Ken found out that Margaret, not wanting to be greedy, went back later to do more shopping and put those things on layaway.

Here's how he addressed that:

Absolutely amazing. They took care of everything and even returned her deposit. If you didn't catch it, there was also a bonus in the video. Our friends at Atria's restaurants , owner and CEO Patrick McDonnell, gave me a check for $1,000 to help Margaret with bills.

I won't lie, there were plenty of tears to go with the smiles and "thank you's" yesterday. That was especially true when Lisa Mertz stopped by to check in on Margaret and the work done by plumbers from Matt Mertz Plumbing. She and her husband not only donated all of the work, but they even chipped in $8,000 to help with Nick's funeral expenses. Here's our chat plus Margaret giving Lisa a tour of the house.

Special Thanks

We cannot thank enough the individuals, organizations, and companies that stepped up along the way to rebuild the Ursta home and get them moved in before Nick's passing. We apologize if we're missing anyone in the following list:

  • TUDI Mechanical Systems: They installed a brand new furnace and donated the entire system as part of their Heat For The Needy program.
  • Kevin Anglum and Tony Napolitano: These retired contractors have done the walls and ceilings drywall and sheet rock with additional volunteer assistance from the Carpenters and Joiners Union .
  • Maury Burgwin, President of the Mon Yough Area Chamber of Commerce : Burgwin worked with area businesses on materials and labor.
  • Anonymous: A mystery man paid for the roofing job installed by Nicolella Roofing .
  • Matt Mertz Plumbing : They have done a complete job of running all of the plumbing and making sure it's all up to code. It took a week of work and they didn't ask for a penny.
  • Michael Jacobs, President and Owner of Marvista Kitchen and Bath . Jacobs' team worked on the dream kitchen and bathrooms for Nick and Margaret.
  • 84 Lumber donated the siding and materials to finish the exterior of the Ursta home.
  • Richard Garland and his volunteers from The Blessing Board took care of the labor, and installed siding on all sides of the Ursta home.
  • Dan Horhut and his crew from Horthut Tree Experts cleaned up the piles and piles of debris from the trees and shrubbery that was removed from the yard.
  • Pat Molyneaux and his team at Molyneaux Tile Carpet Wood for taking care of the carpeting throughout the home.
  • Levin Furniture and an anonymous donor provided furnishings for the home: living room, dining room, and bedroom.
  • Voss TV & Appliance : Matt Hufford and the rest of the family at Voss really stepped up to take care of appliances for the Urstas Kitchen and a television.

Looking Back At The Ursta's Journey On Sparkt (Newest to Oldest below):

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