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Southside residents continue to recover from flood

Adopt a Family at the Bargain Barn continues to collect materials for those recovering from the Southside flood.

Posted: Sep 8, 2020 6:37 AM
Updated: Sep 8, 2020 9:58 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) It's been 50 days since Contrary creek flooded the Southside of town. Families are still on the long road to recovery to save their home.

One particular community member continues to help the residents of the Southside.

Aaron Armstrong has been at the Bargain Barn since the end of July, collecting materials to donate to residents' homes. He calls it "Adopt a Family."

"This man needs special wings, and a crown for his little head," said one Southside resident, Kathy Swinney.

What started off as a small list of about 15 families, has no expanded to over 80 families seeking assistance.

"Anyone can come down here and adopt a family with the materials that they need," said Armstrong. "Or they can come down here and adopt materials off their list."

Armstrong has helped families receive insulation, toilets, sinks, plywood, sheet rock, and a shower.

"He called me. he said somebody had donated 4 units, since i was up there at the top of the list...come down and take my choice," said Swinney. "I said, that sounds good. I'm 3 minutes away. And I was down here."

Aaron is not working alone. He has a team that is searching all over the community to collect materials, including Porter's Building Materials hardware store. Porter's and Armstrong's team have set up an account that community members can donate money to purchase needed materials. So far, about $12,000 has been collected. Anyone can donate money to the fund.

Armstrong says the collection of donated materials will continue indefinitely, until all families are taken care of. His goal is to have everyone return safely into their homes before winter.

"I am so pleased with him, I don't know what more I could say," said Kathy. He's gone way above and beyond for all of us."

Materials are still needed and can be directly donated to the Bargain Barn. For anyone questions, Aaron Armstrong can be contacted on Facebook.

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