Volunteers help restore city of Baxter Springs

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. - Jen Smith started her day early Tuesday.

"Volunteer or contractor?" she said, talking to other volunteers. "You went out by 2728 Park?"

She is a volunteer from Baxter Springs, coordinating volunteers. They started at the old tire shop on Military Road assigned a badge and then headed out in church vans to certain addresses.

"We've got 9 and 10-year-old kids out with their parents. It's been a great response but we can always use more help," Smith said.

Evan Schreiner was one of those volunteers.

"I heard people from all over the country came and know I wanted to help during the Joplin one, but couldn't get down," he said.

Schreiner, who is helping cleanup, is trying to salvage his own grandmother's house.

"This was the house my mom grew up in, my grandpa built this with his bare hands," he said.

"We're homeless now," his grandmother Dorothy Kapler said through tears.

One consolation to her are the volunteers like her grandson who have all come to help.

"We have so many friends and so many people love me. I didn't know that," she said.



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