Company donates driveway after seeing woman’s story on Cleveland 19

Mid Ohio Asphalt: “We heard about it on the news, and here we are.”

Company donates driveway after seeing woman’s story on Cleveland 19
On Monday afternoon, Mid Ohio Asphalt was able to complete the entire job, donating the driveway to Sherii Kirks.

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - There is a happy ending to a story we told you about last week, when a woman called Cleveland 19, looking for help with a problem.

Company donates driveway after seeing woman’s story on Cleveland 19 News

Sherii Kirks told us a company called Great Lakes Asphalt had given her a quote for a new driveway. She told us she gave them a down payment of $2,000, and they started the work, but when the city asked whether they had a permit, they halted the job and never finished.

More than a year after Sherii Kirks says she paid Great Lakes Asphalt $2,000, her driveway remains in need of repairs
More than a year after Sherii Kirks says she paid Great Lakes Asphalt $2,000, her driveway remains in need of repairs

Kirks took Great Lakes Asphalt to Bedford Municipal Court, but representatives for the company never showed up. Court records show a judge ordered them to pay Kirks back what she had paid them, plus the additional costs to repair her driveway.

Still, no one from Great Lakes ever paid her the judgment, or returned her calls and emails.

That’s when she reached out to Cleveland 19, desperate for help.

Asphalt chunks in Sherii Kirks' driveway will often come loose, she says, causing her to trip over them as she walks.
Asphalt chunks in Sherii Kirks' driveway will often come loose, she says, causing her to trip over them as she walks.

Help came--in the form of another asphalt company. Kirks got a call from Mid Ohio Asphalt, offering to repave her driveway, absolutely free.

“We heard about it on the news, and here we are,” said Jeremy Lantzer of Mid Ohio Asphalt.

On Monday afternoon, Mid Ohio Asphalt was able to complete the entire job, donating the driveway to Sherii Kirks.
On Monday afternoon, Mid Ohio Asphalt was able to complete the entire job, donating the driveway to Sherii Kirks.

Lantzer says the company was moved to act by Kirks' story, and did not want her to suffer another winter with her driveway in the terrible shape it was left in by the other company.

"We just heard that she had got screwed over and our company wanted to donate the lady her driveway and make it right for her," he said.

For her part, Kirks is thrilled. She had to be at work Monday afternoon, so she wasn't there to see the driveway work begin, but she told Cleveland 19 News she wanted to thank Mid Ohio Asphalt for their donation, which she says will make a huge difference.

"I hope they get all the business they deserve for what they're doing for me," she said.

Lantzer said the driveway will be finished by the time Kirks gets home from work on Monday. The total valuation of their donation, including the labor and supplies they used, is in the thousands of dollars.

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