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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Spring means it's time to pull weeds and pick up litter, but yard work is easier said than done for many people with disabilities. So a local organization is stepping up to help.

Mowing grass and trimming bushes can be nearly impossible for many people with disabilities.

The Whole Person is a nonprofit organization that serves people with disabilities, and they’ve organized a day called "Planting Independence" on June 4. During that event volunteers are going to spread out across the city and help people cleanup their yards.

So far The Whole Person has received applications from 21 people who have asked for help with yard work, but the organization only has enough volunteers for seven homes. So the program is asking for help.

"It's a worthwhile endeavor,” homeowner Camille Givens said. “It would give them a sense of self, a sense of accomplishment. If they have teenagers, I'd advise them to bring them so they can get out and learn how to help people at an early age like I did when I was a youngster."

"We've reached out to 203 different groups, organizations,” said Terri Goddard with The Whole Person. “I think we just picked a busy day in Kansas City. We know there are individuals out there that will form teams. It just takes four or five people per house and a couple hours of their time."

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