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Hundreds Gather For Day of Community Service

St. Joe Serve and Habitat for Humanity partnered for a day of community service in St. Joseph.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) St. Joe Serve partnered with Habitat for Humanity for a day of community service, Sunday.

Nearly 800 people came together for one day of service, as one community, for one purpose.

"We're just coming out here to be the hands and the feet of Jesus, and to let people know that they're cared for," said Lois Kelley.

St. Joe Serve is a group of local churches. This is the seventh year they have teamed up with a business to beautify the city.

"Everything from painting, to recovering chairs for a church. Lots of yard work, sidewalk clean up," said Abby Binder.

Habitat for Humanity organized and helped plan the event. More than a dozen churches participated and donated all the supplies.

"You have a lot of people giving their time and machinery, equipment, tools. So, it's a great thing," said Mayor Bill Falker.

The organizations reached out to different homes to find out what work needed to be done.

"We really wanted to focus on doing things that the homeowners maybe have just never had a chance to do, or aren't capable of doing. So, things that we knew would help out the most," said Binder.

One homeowner was nearly speechless when she saw the make-over on her house.

"Oh, it's amazing. It just looks a thousand percent better," said Lenee Bagby.

While that means a lot to the organization, they say the most important thing is serving the community.

The event is only once a year, but St. Joe Serve says this should be a daily action.

"This how we should live our lives every single day," said Kelley.

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