High school students clean up storm damage in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A group of volunteers from the St. Louis area were in Cape Girardeau on Tuesday, April 4.

The high school students donated their time to help clean up storm damage. They helped remove a fallen tree from a home so that the owner could repair the roof.

Kyle Schott with Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri said many homes and people are still affected in the area and they are available to help those people.

"Our mission here, especially with our disaster relief program, is to really assist those who otherwise can't assist themselves," he said. "So, you're usually talking about people who are under insured or uninsured and really have no means to recover. It's really about making our community stronger and more resilient."

The school, DeSmet Jesuit has been volunteering with Catholic Charity for years. Any group of people can volunteer their time, not just high schools.

"In my opinion, I feel like since I've been living here 17 years, all my life, I feel like I have to give something back to the community," said Gorge Gonzalez, student. "Something that will leave a mark."

Catholic Charity is associated with the Springfield/Cape Girardeau Diocese, which covers areas from here to Joplin but is affiliated with Catholic Charities USA.

"As people living in the same community, it's our duty to make sure everyone thrives," said student Juan Contreras.

After storms or any event, they send word to communities that they are available to help. They tend to focus on people that have long-term unmet needs.

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