Spirit of Service helps elderly and veterans in Montana

Posted at 9:04 AM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 11:04:54-04

HELENA – Around 500 Spirit of Service volunteers did yard work and home maintenance on Tuesday for people unable to do the work themselves.

Spirit of Service, which is now in its 18th year is organized by Rocky Mountain Development Council in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

Volunteers provided outdoor cleaning services for about 50 homes throughout the Helena community during the event.

There is no income basis for the homes, but many of the homeowners who benefit from the event are low-income, disabled, a veteran, or elderly.

One of the beneficiaries this year was 90-year-old Rose Gehring, who has lived in her home for 54 years.

Gehring said she is grateful for the help and couldn’t do the work even if she wanted to.

“It’s a beautiful event they put on and I appreciate it so much,” said Rose. “Just to be able to have all this help to clean my yard.”

RMDC Executive Director Lori Ladas said the community support for the event has been great and the homeowners are always so thankful for the support.

"One gentleman was on the Honor Flight in D.C. and it was just so heartwarming to talk with him,” said Ladas.

RMDC wanted to thank all of the people, businesses, and organizations who gave their time and support for Spirit of Service.

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