Marge Woodfin, Pilot staff writer

Anyone who observes the group working diligently on the Benham Lane home of Gloria Winkler will be encouraged to know that it's all about friends helping friends, according to Christine Belmont.

Winkler was surprised last week when a group of friends, coordinated by Belmont, began pulling the skirting and siding off of her home.

Winkler has, over the years, used her musical talents to bring joy and cheer to many others, playing and singing at Good Samaritan Society, Chetco Activity Center, and with Carl Rovainen and his Boondock Band for many local events. However, a stroke last year has curtailed some of her activities.

Belmont, who moved to Brookings in 2004, said about Winkler, "She's my friend." Belmont said that she really appreciated the way Winkler befriended her when she first came to town. She said that when Winkler told her recently, "My house is falling apart," remembering that much-appreciated friendship, Belmont responded, "Don't worry, I'll fix it."

Belmont added, "Then we got a little group together." That group included the Belmont family and friends and contractor Mac Mazzettia, who donated tools and labor.

"We're just having a good time doing it," Belmont said.

She noted that they expect to finish the work this weekend, Aug. 21 and 22, but the group would be happy for any donations of time or money to help pay for paint and supplies.

Anyone who would like to help may contact Belmont at 541-207-4607.