Four men in Ottumwa tackle the winter weather one home at a time

Published: Jan. 30, 2021 at 9:04 AM CST
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Nathaniel Seeley, Porter Linford, Chris Marcusen, and Tyler Hamm a group of four gentlemen who decided to help out their local community in a time of need by making a public Facebook post offering to shovel anyone’s snow for free. Porter says although it was a mutual idea, Seeley put the idea into motion.

“It was something that all of us thought of doing and when we saw the snow it was mainly Elder Seeley’s idea to get the idea out there and get the offer out there for shoveling snow.”

Seeley and Porter said once the post was made they soon had more homes than they could finish in one day.

“Well, we got around maybe 60, probably even more than that really, as we were going throughout the day we got double or triple than the amount before.”

It takes them on average 10 minutes for the four of them to tackle a home and said to ensure more people receive the assistance they call in four more men to help.

“We’re actually missionaries and we got four more of us in Fairfield and we asked them to come up and help us shovel and they were more than willing to.”

Hamm says doing this makes them happier than anything else in the world.

“It is one of the most joyous times I’ve ever had, being able to shovel with some of my friends right here and being able to go back to our apartment knowing that we helped some people.”

The men shared that as long as there is snow on the ground, they are willing to help.

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