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MWSU Students Volunteer at Lewis and Clark Village

Some communities are still in pretty bad shape after last year's flood. Saturday, a group of college students pitched in to lend a helping hand.
(LEWIS AND CLARK VILLAGE, Mo.) Some communities are still in pretty bad shape after last year's flood. Saturday, a group of college students pitched in to lend a helping hand.

Tammy Christgen has lived in the same house in Lewis and Clark Village for the past ten years.

"I've spent my entire life in this neighborhood, all 41 years I've never lived in another neighborhood my entire life," Christgen said.

An iron love seat sits on top of her roof, a seat that would have been a refuge just a year ago when the flood took over the neighborhood.

High waters forced many, including Chistgen, out of their homes. Although the water has gone down, a look around the block shows water lines on many of the structures that were submerged.

On Saturday, student volunteers from Missouri Western State University helped restore the neighborhood.

"I've done reading with kids as service work, but nothing like this, so it's a great experience," Brooke Adkins, Western freshman said.

Adkins is one of about 40 freshmen in the Griffon Edge orientation group.

The students picked up brush and firewood for complete strangers, spending their last weekend before school working for others.

Some say they don't mind the labor, even though it's a dirty job.

"I don't care, as long as it's out here helping the community. My shoes are dirty and they're brand new so I mean they can always be cleaned," Adkins said.


"It's nice to have everyone out here with a positive attitude. They know they're not getting paid but they're out here doing the right thing," Gabe Sego said.

The service work doesn't go unnoticed by the neighbors.

"I know everyone here at Lewis and Clark really appreciates it and everyone is still thinking about us and helping us through our tough times," Christgen said. 

Tough times made easier with helping hands.
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