Roving Rakes helps homeowners with yard work

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National MS Society launched a new program this fall pairing up volunteers and people living with multiple sclerosis to get their yards cleaned up.

Roving Rakes supports people with MS who may need an extra hand doing their fall lawn work.

Kay Hopkins lives in Prairie Village. Because of MS, she is unable to pick up the leaves and sticks that surrounded her home.

"To bend down and pick up leaves, I just can't do it anymore," she said. "I'm liable to fall on the ground."

She signed up for help through Roving Rakes and a group of volunteers from the Centurions Leadership Program stepped up to help.

"It's the right thing to do," Matt Flynn said. "There are people who need help, especially folks who have MS."

Flynn and a group from the Centurions Leadership Program spent an afternoon raking the leaves in Hopkins' yard.

"I think it's very nice that they do it," Hopkins said. "When you're not able to do things yourself, it's a nice feeling to have everyone do it for you."

For the volunteers, it makes them feel good to give to someone else.

"That's the number one greatest feeling in the world," Flynn said. "To be able to do something for someone else that they can't do for themselves."

The deadline to apply for help has already passed, but the Mid-America Chapter of the National MS Society is still looking for volunteers. To sign up, call 1800-FIGHTMS or visit

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