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Local volunteers make over several homes for those in need

Veterans, longtime residents among those helped
Posted: 1:08 PM, Oct 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-13 19:24:38-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — From veterans helping veterans to strangers helping strangers — volunteers from around the Kansas City came together to give a little extra help to those in need on their homes.

"We look for the veterans’ homes, we look for the senior citizen home and we put them all together and here we are in this neighborhood," said Myra Everette, outreach coordinator for Honeywell.

For the past 35 years, the company says it has given back to the Kansas City area. This year, Honeywell and its employees took on nine homes. 

One of them belongs to 99-year-old Johnnie Wright.

"This gentleman here is a WWII Veteran. He's going to be 100 in January. So, we wanted to give the opportunity to help him in this time of need," said Shawn Geib, co-captain for Wright's home.

Volunteers, who are all veterans, said the final addition to his home was an American Flag.

"In this day in age, to be able to show your pride in what you do and service you had. So, he didn't have a flag, so, we thought — veteran's group standpoint — we are going to donate a flag and it put on his house," Geib said.

Another house that received a makeover belongs to Ollie Mae Flowers.

"The main goals were reduce draftiness in the house. We repaired gutters, and things are falling off outside the house. So, mainly to make it warm and secure for the winter," said co-captain for Flowers' home Kris Maschler.

Flowers said she now feels safe in her home, which she has lived in for more than 40 years.

"They going to know that this house has been worked on and don't mess with the lady inside that house because it's been taken care of," said Flowers.