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Super Bowl Nonprofit Helping Needy Arlington Residents

By Melissa Newton, CBS 11 News
Men work together hammering nails to help frame a house. (credit: David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

Men work together hammering nails to help frame a house. (credit: David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A low-income neighborhood in Arlington is getting a facelift thanks to the NFL and hundreds of local volunteers. It’s the annual ‘Kickoff to Rebuild’, held every year in the Super Bowl host city.

This year, the entire street of Drummond Street is under renovation. Drummond is located just five minutes from Cowboys Stadium and is made up of primarily retired or elderly couples.

“It’s like a dream come true to see all these kids show up today,” said homeowner Patti Goerdel. “Kids and adults working this hard to help us, it’s going to change the whole neighborhood.”

Goerdel’s home is getting foundation repair, exterior paint and central heat and air.

“We’re painting. We’re raking leaves. We’re cleaning up houses. We’re cleaning up trash,” explained Kristen Beaman with Allstate. “We thought this was a great thing to do on Martin Luther King’s birthday.”

This is the 16th year the nonprofit organization ‘Rebuilding Together’ has hosted a street-wide revitalization to help transform lower-income communities in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.

Maggie Brodnax, with Rebuilding Together for Greater Dallas, explained exactly what’s happening in North Texas. “Rebuilding Together was actually sanctioned by the NFL to do a project here in the City of Arlington. Most of these houses, in Texas as we know, need foundation work so a lot of them are getting that done,” she said of the effort.

Twelve Arlington homes are getting major overhauls, while others are getting minor improvements such as landscaping and winterization.

More than 100 students from Dallas Lutheran School and volunteers from local sponsors including Allstate and Atmos Energy spent the day brightening the neighborhood. “It makes you feel better once you see what you’ve accomplished,” student volunteer Bradley Bilbo said proudly.

“Martin Luther [King Jr.] up in heaven would probably be happy that were doing this,” said student Nicole Carlson, “so I guess it’s worth it.”

Atmos Energy winterized all of the houses free of charge and made sure they were safe and energy efficient.

To inspire the volunteers, former Dallas Cowboy Tony Dorsett met with the volunteers around noon Monday, thanking them for their hard work.

The group will be back out on February 3, 2011 to finish things off. On that day they’ll also build a playground at nearby Speer Elementary.