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Volunteers Spring Clean for Low Income Seniors

Jessica Flores

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Volunteers Spring Clean for Low Income Seniors

CREATED May. 5, 2012

Spring cleaning took on a whole different meaning today, when volunteers did it for free.
They cleaned up the homes of seniors that can't do it themselves anymore, going to homes from Desert Hot Springs to La Quinta.

One of those homes belongs to Dan Skaglun. Three years ago his whole life changed. He had surgery on his spine, leaving him using a walker. His condition makes everyday chores an uphill battle, but he's still trying to maintain his home.

"Also maintain my independence at the same time, which is something I cherish very much and i'm struggling with right now," said Skaglund.

Volunteers from Desert Samaritans and the Rotary Club want to help ease that struggle. They cleaned at least a dozen homes across the Coachella Valley. 

"They don't have the financial resources to hire a housekeeper or a gardener to help keep the regular things up," said Doug Morin, CEO of Desert Samaritans.

Volunteers dusted, swept and cleaned windows and Skaglun's home.

"I though it would be kind of fun to help someone who needs assistance and do something for them that they aren't able to do anymore," said Drew Helmstatter, a teenage volunteer.

Being on the receiving end of charity is a strange place for Skaglund.  Just a few years ago,  he was the volunteer, taking a 95-year-old man to the movies every week.

"If you help someone now and you are in a similar situation when you get older, when you need the help you may receive it," said Helmstatter.

A simple spring cleaning, and a lesson in paying kindness forward.

 Jessica Flores, KMIR6 News

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