Students show what community is about

In late October, KTVO introduced the Heartland to Gary Van Hemert.

Gary had been working on his new home when he tripped climbing out of a window, and fell about 30 feet to the ground, onto a tractor bucket.

Despite breaking 4 vertebras, both ankles and his right femur, he is expected to walk again. But another great story coming out of this is that students from Eddyville-Blakesburg showed up at his home Friday to show Gary and his family what being a member of the community really is; they helped him do some of the demolition work that was needed on his home.

KTVO spoke with Eddyville-Blakesburg student Andrew Larkin. Larkin told KTVO that helping people is something that makes him feel good."We've been tearing out dry-wall - old dry wall and throwing it in the dumpsters. It's going pretty fast It's pretty fun, a lot of hard work; but we will hopefully get it done. It's really good, it's a great benefit and it makes you feel good. It's pretty fun helping someone out," said Larkin.

Several other community members are also giving Gary and his family a hand with medical costs and the costs to remodel his home.

On November 19th, a benefit concert will be held in Blakesburg.Contact Lori King at (641) 799-1442.

On December 4th, a benefit auction will be held at the Eddyville-Blakesburg Elementary School. Questions and donations can be directed to Misty Van Dorin (641) 660-2846.

You can also donate to the Community 1st Credit Union 235 Richmond Avenue Ottumwa, IA 52501. Contact Louise German (641) 682-6529.

Monetary donations or supplies for the house can be directed to Cheryl Eissens (641) 660-0873.