Massachusetts Man Transforms 19th Century House on Cape Cod into Vacation Home for Children Fighting Cancer

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Concord Electric Supply, Coastal Electric team up to donate time and materials to help bring Tommy’s Place to Falmouth, Massachusetts.

Kevin McCurdy, VP of Coastal Electric, Tim O’Connell, Founder of Tommy’s Place, Peter Russell Jr, Branch Manager at Concord Electric Supply, Patrick Daly, President/Founder of Coastal Electric.

“I must say thank you 500 times a day,” said O’Connell. “When you can’t say thank you enough, that must mean something good is happening, right?”

When one Massachusetts man decided to create something special for children fighting cancer, an army of supporters joined his mission. Concord Electric Supply (CES) in Weymouth, part of the City Electric Supply network, and Coastal Electric are two of the businesses that offered to donate their time and electric supplies to help transform the free, 11-bedroom, 7,000-square-foot dream vacation home on Cape Cod for children fighting cancer and their families. Tim O’Connell, the founder of Tommy’s Place, couldn’t be more grateful for the support he’s received.

“I just believed that once I started, people would come out to help,” O’Connell said. “At first, I was the biggest problem. I wanted to do this all by myself. It took me three weeks to finally make a post asking for help. When I did, the support came flooding in.”

While taking the first step in seeking support was difficult, once he did, O’Connell was amazed by the number of responses he received from tradesmen and residents in the community.

“I must say thank you 500 times a day,” said O’Connell. “When you can’t say thank you enough, that must mean something good is happening, right?”

It all began when O’Connell realized the amount of renovation that was needed to bring his vision to life. The dream vacation home project that’s currently in the making needed more money and work than he expected. Fence, tile, fireplace, plumbing, electrical renovation, and an entire HVAC unit are some of the things that appeared on O’Connell’s to-do list.

“Water was literally pouring through the ceiling,” he said. “The house was built in the 1800s and it probably had 1,800 additions since then, but I knew it’d be perfect. I just needed to ask for help to fix it up.”

That’s when he decided to ask for help on Facebook, and Coastal Electric and CES Weymouth quickly answered his call.

“As soon as Kevin and I found out about Tommy’s Place and heard that Tim needed help, we jumped on it,” said Pat Daly with Coastal Electric. “We reached out to Concord Electric Supply in Weymouth to donate material, and within the first week it was on-site and ready to go.”

Daly didn’t have to ask CES Weymouth twice to join the project and donate some of the electrical materials.

“Pat asked us if we wanted to donate, and that’s all it took. The next thing we knew, we were sending Coastal Electric all the rough-in stuff they needed — 14x2 Romex, Lotus lights, panels, ground rods, wire, switches, everything,” said CES Weymouth Branch Manager Peter Russell. “A lot of people here know about Tommy’s Place, so we were excited to help the kids in any way possible.”

Fortunately, the support for Tommy’s Place continues to increase. Tim’s requests have never been turned away by the community.

“I must have 300 volunteers telling me, ‘I can do this, I know a guy who does that,’” O’Connell said. “There’s always something we’re missing, and people are looking out for us. I never wanted to be a burden on people, and that hasn’t happened at all. Everyone has been so quick to give.”

“Within three days, we had 10 electricians volunteering the first weekend and then 15 out there the second,” said Daly. “We were more than happy to donate our time for such a great cause.”

Everyone’s urgency to help will not be forgotten by the man whose vision sparked a local movement and united support from all walks of life.

“Right away, some people just talk and get something we need,” said O’Connell. “It’s been that way with both Coastal Electric and CES Weymouth; it’s just been amazing. Electricians from Boston to all over South Shore got behind it right away. That stuff won’t be forgotten by me anytime soon.”

That unconditional support is a result of strong relationships that have been formed within the community, including the one between Coastal Electric and CES Weymouth.

“CES Weymouth was the first supply house I had an account with, so when I had this opportunity, I knew they’d be a huge help,” said Daly. “Coastal Electric is still growing, so we couldn’t cover all the materials ourselves. It feels good to see Concord Electric Supply give back because they’re not just supporting me and my business partner Kevin McCurdy, they’re supporting a vacation home that kids will get to enjoy for years and years.”

“The fact that we could be a part of this means a lot to us,” added Russell. “It feels good to help Tommy’s Place, but it’s also an honor to just be presented this opportunity. When we were asked to donate the products, there was no way we were going to turn it down.”

Tommy’s Place is a free 7,000-square-foot vacation home for children and families fighting cancer. It features a home theater, a game room, a music room, and an arts and crafts room. And that’s not all — it also includes an inground pool, a big yard with a jungle gym, and a real firetruck.

About City Electric Supply
City Electric Supply (CES) is a family-owned electrical wholesale distributor headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The company was founded in 1951 by Tom Mackie in the United Kingdom and expanded to the United States in 1983. Today, CES employs more than 3,000 people in over 500 branches across the U.S.

CES is dedicated to providing personalized service and support for customers in the residential, commercial, and industrial marketplace. While CES is a large company, it prides itself in keeping its founding principle of empowering people to make local business decisions by providing customers tailored services for all their electric supply needs.

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