KCMO church members shovel snow for those who can’t

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The metro continues to dig its way out from under the spring snowfall.

Since its church services were cancelled Sunday, one church decided its members could use the time to help those in need.

If you ventured out Sunday, you had to shovel the driveway.  But for some residents, someone else did it for them.

If you didn't have to do any work, then the spring snow was just more fun to play in that  anything else.

Shoveling snow was on the to-do list on Sunday for many residents after an average of about eight inches of wet and heavy snow fell across the metro.

For one group, the chore included some laughter.

"Shovel it off to this side.  Nah, I like to increase my workload," laughed Mercy Church Pastor Timmy Gibson.

But it also involved helping people out who needed it most.

"It's really a command in the Bible to help out the poor and the widows and the single mothers.  So we just felt like let's be biblical.  Lets do what the Bible says," Gibson said.

About ten members of the church crisscrossed driveways to shovel snow for complete strangers.

The church notified members on Saturday about the special outing, once they found out they had to cancel services on Sunday.

So starting at 10:00 a.m., they held church outdoors, clearing driveways and sidewalks.

"What better way to spend your Sunday than to serve other people and help those who can't help themselves. So were just excited to do it," Gibson said.

However, for other metro residents, they did it themselves on what should have been a "spring break."

"This is not spring break.  If it was, it would be sand.  It would be 70 degrees and sand, that would be a spring break," said resident Valerie Rhodes.

While the adults took care of clearing the snow, the kids took a sled down a snow-covered hill.

A group of kids sledding, likely use their natural energy, while shoveling 13 driveways and sidewalks calls for another kind of boost.

"Of course, we're all jacked up on caffeine, so that's actually the secret," Gibson confessed.



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