Four-Staters spend MLK Day helping a local hero and his family

4-Staters build a home for a veteran on MLK Day

JOPLIN — Martin Luther King Junior Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service. It’s meant to encourage Americans to spend the day volunteering, and that’s exactly what happened in Joplin on Monday as people gathered to erect a home for a four-state hero.

Breanna Arnold and her 5 children are ecstatic about their new home.

“They’re really excited. We drive by all the time so that they can see the progress,” said Breanna.

This home by Habitat for Humanity may still be a work in progress, but Breanna already knows the new house will give her, her kids, and her marine husband Jesse Arnold a much better life.

“We were living in a really unsafe house, and it kept flooding and getting mold,” said Breanna.

The Arnold family is very grateful to the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity and one of their partners, the Joplin General Mills plant who helped arrange funding and provided many volunteers who are also General Mills employees.

“This is very important to us, especially today because this for the veterans. We have several veterans working with us,” said the Joplin General Mills plant manager Isabel Quepons.

And as these 4-State volunteers come together to change the lives of a local hero and his family, many of them are finding themselves in a brand new family.

“It’s also great for the community to be involved in activities such as this because people come together who don’t know each other, and at the end of the day they do. Appreciation is gathered from this collective endeavor,” said Scott Clayton, the executive director of the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity.

This is the Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity’s 167th home since they began as an affiliate in 1989. They say many more homes are to come, and they’d love you to get involved. You can learn more by clicking here.