Cape Girardeau, MO (KSDK) - This summer, veterans and volunteers are coming together for the greater good. On Saturday, vets with the non-profit group The Mission Continues led an athletic field rehab project in Cape Girardeau.
Nearly 150 volunteers turned out to spruce up the facilities at Central Junior High School. Volunteers added more than a hundred gallons of donated paint to buildings and backstops. They even added new gravel to the playground.
Cape Girardeau assistant superintendent Neil Glass says he was floored when he got a call from a Mission Continues coordinator three months ago.
"I was a little apprehensive and suspect at first and I said what's the catch and he chuckled to himself and said there is no catch," said Glass. "These are projects that typically are left on the back burner and we just can't get to under normal circumstances. And to have them come out here and save us the time and the resources and the expense, it's just tremendous. I can't speak highly enough."
But to the veterans and volunteers who spent their Saturday raking and painting, it's about more than just bleachers and ball fields.
"What this does for veterans is gets them out of that state that they're locked up in that they're still at war and they're still in another country," said Mission Continues project leader Robert Wake. "It gets them back into the community and they see that people care about them and their service just as much now."
If you missed out on Saturday's project there's another one on august 18th in Belleville, Illinois. Organizers with the Mission Continues say they need 300 volunteers of all ages and skill levels.
Click here for more information and to sign up.