Deputies at Collier County Sheriff’s Office in southwest Florida volunteered to help spruce up the backyard of a cancer patient in order to offer her a peaceful place to enjoy the outdoors.

Cpl. Dean Peck recently took flowers to a family friend in East Naples who is battling an aggressive form of cancer, then left her house with the feeling that he wanted to do more to raise her spirits, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office said.

Knowing that one of her favorite pastimes was sitting in her yard to enjoy nature, he decided he wanted to spruce up the area for her and mentioned it to his colleague, CCSO Warrants Sgt. John Gogia.

Not only did Gogia offered to help immediately, but he also spread the word to friends and co-workers at the sheriff’s office.

On Saturday, 15 volunteers — nine of whom work for the sheriff’s office — converged on her home with a pressure washer and 100 bags of mulch that they paid for themselves.

The team spent three and a half hours turning the yard into a “virtual oasis.” Moreover, they also pressure washed her house and the brick pavers in her yard.

Beside of Cpl. Peck and Sgt. Gogia, agency members who worked on the project were Lt. Nicole Minick, Cpl. Gary Minick, Cpl. T.J. Brimfield, Cpl. Tom Mullen, Cpl. Scott Shaffer, Cpl. Martha Mullen and Office Specialist Melissa Shaffer.

Residents praised the sheriff’s office for going “above and beyond” for the lady.

“A little kindness goes such a long way,” one person commented on their post. “Thank you for helping make her healing space special.”

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