Volunteers chatted under the summer sun as the St. Louis Blues arrived in Joplin for the Governor’s Joplin Challenge. Bob Plager, former NHL player and hockey legend, was one of the first to step off the bus, followed by mascot Louie Blues and the rest of teams’ staff.
Families were there to greet the volunteers and work alongside them to build their new homes. Louise Galbraith looks forward to finally having stability, and she was overwhelmed as she watched the walls of her house go up.
“It’s just amazing,” Galbraith said.
Ashli Robinson, another home recipient, was there with her children Jadyn and Garren. She looks forward to decorating her children’s rooms.
“I’ve got some different ideas of how I want to do things, but I’m focusing on the kids first,” Robinson said.
Plager explained that the Blues were happy to be giving back to families in the Joplin community.
“The big guy has been very good to me.” Plager said. “So to come down here and to help somebody else out, it’s great for me. “
Blues staff helped build five homes before moving on to a local food depository, where they shelved food that helps about 250 families a month.