We first introduced you Thursday to a Carbon Cliff woman, still struggling to clean up her flood damaged home. 75-year-old Lavon Kleffner lost almost everything when flood waters took over last month, including her furniture and appliances. Lavon doesn't have the money to get new ones, or hire someone to help her clean up the mess. But after our story about her aired, Lavon got some much needed help, thanks to the generosity of complete strangers.
The workers from K and K Scrap Metal Removal in Rock Island say seeing Lavon's story broke their hearts, and they knew they had to do something.
"They were a godsend. It was wonderful. Just wonderful," said Lavon.
The 4 men worked for hours in the sun, moving boxes, dressers and whatever they could out of Lavon's house. She said she's beyond grateful, and the help makes all the difference.
"It would have took me about 2 or 3 more days to get that much done and I would have never been able to get this TV out of there," said Lavon.
Kevin Honaker runs a scrap metal business, which picks up old items from people's homes and sells off the metal. He works long hours each day to make a living, but said Lavon's story touched him and he knew he had to make time to help.
"We're just doing what god's commissioned us to do and that's what the Quad Cities does. The Quad Cities joins together when people need help, and there's no better place to live," said Kevin.
Honaker believes everyone should take care of each other and is confident the kindness will come full circle.
"You see somebody that needs help, you jump in pay it forward and god is just going to bless you tenfold," said Kevin.
Lavon said there's still a lot to do to get her house back in order, but after today, she's said she's hopeful about the future.
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