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Hundreds help neighbors with chores

Published On: Apr 20 2013 03:47:22 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 20 2013 09:15:48 PM CDT

The La Crosse community came together Saturday to help neighbors in need.

Nearly 500 volunteers spent a part of their weekend helping out elderly and disabled residents with yard chores. They'll do everything from raking leaves to trimming shrubs and even washing windows.

Volunteers say they enjoy doing the work especially when they meet the people they're helping.

"They are just thrilled. They are just so grateful every year," said Peggy Van Zee, who recruited 21 volunteers for the event.

"They're so happy that we have come out to help them with things they normally wouldn't be able to do and would have to pay someone to do," she added.

More than 150 residents received help today Saturday, which was down a little bit from last year. Organizers say the late start to spring may have led to some people forgetting to sign up for assistance.

"Even though the weather has been bad the last few years, the great thing is that volunteers still show up," said Heather Suby, co-chair of the annual event.

News 8 even ran into La Crosse's new mayor, Tim Kabat, helping lend a hand with the chores.