NY1 recognized Albert Dashevsky, a Manhattan Beach resident who offers his handyman skills free-of-charge, in their latest New Yorker of the Week feature.
Last year, we published a story about Dashevsky doing odd jobs for neighbors in need, particularly single mothers. He took up the effort in order to carry on the legacy of his father, Sam Levin, who was tragically murdered in 2011 by a former associate.
The NY1 segment follows Dashevsky into a home where he’s organizing some wires for a working mother of two.
The mom, Sharon Abezova, told the news station there are certain things she can’t do and she finds Dashevsky’s good deeds very “admirable.”
“He just does things out of the kindness of his heart and I believe that he, you know, is just here to help other people, and I think it’s really nice,” she said.
However, the most adorable part of the feature was when Abesova’s 4-year-old daughter looked up smiling at the camera and said: “It feels good that someone is helping my mommy.”
Dashevsky explained to NY1 that he approaches every job as if he was being paid. He also touched on the death of his father, who is not Dashevsky’s biological dad, and said the charity work was a way of coping with the loss.
“It’s a way of dealing with it almost, because it makes me happy to help somebody else,” he told NY1. “He was extremely giving, extremely knowledgeable, people would always rely on him for advice, call him. He would go out of his way to help people.”
Dashevsky also lead an effort in September to purchase back-to-school supplies for single moms. The community rallied behind his cause and neighbors volunteered their own contributions — doubling the $1,000 Dashevsky already pledged.
You can watch Dashevsky tell his story to NY1 here. Congratulations on the recognition, Albert!
Neighbors who want to request handyman services from Dashevsky can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.