Independence Family Gets Home Fixed

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- The Jones family has been dealt its share of problems over the last six months but a local heating and plumbing company is trying to make life a little easier with repair help.

Amanda Jones and her husband, Louis, are one of ten families chosen as winners in the "Be a Hero and Share the Warmth" essay contest.

"There`s no way I would have been able to get this fixed, I really don't know what we would have done," said Amanda Jones.

Inside the Jones home, broken and leaking toilets will be fixed. The furnace drain system will be re-done and the backed up kitchen sinks will get new piping.

"It really was kind of miracle because," said Louis Jones.

The home repairs are minor but it's what the repairs mean to the Jones family that is a blessing. Last summer, Louis was shot in his left arm. He says he working and just in the wrong place at the wrong time.  His lungs were punctured, ribs fractured and the bullet lodged in his spine paralyzing him from the waist down.

"With me needing so much help the way I do, we are learning a whole new life," said Louis. "It's hard on her."

Louis is confined to a wheelchair and there is only one accessible bathroom in his house. However, the toilet doesn't work. Louis using a bag, but now that will all change.

The outside ramp also needs some repairs but it's the condition of the basement that concerns JD McGhee of LBA, Kansas City heating and plumbing.

"They've had so much water damage and sewage in the house that there is mold in the basement," said McGhee.

Getting rid of the black mold in the basement is the next step for the Jones family, something they also need help with.

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