Kansas Community Helps Man Rebuild After House Fire During Son’s Funeral

RENO COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – A Kansas ward has come together to support and build a new home for their own.

“This is the work of Christ in action,” said the senior pastor of the Bühler Mennonite Church, Willmar Harder.

This action can be seen in full in a rural area of ​​Reno County. Tom Reeves has lived there for almost 20 years. However, his long-time home was destroyed in a fire in December 2020.

“I was at my son’s funeral, got the call, the house was on fire,” Reeves said. “I hurried here and there was nothing left.”

Reeves, who works in construction, has since lived in a donated RV on his property. However, this is set to change thanks to the friendliness of others.

“The friends and family said, ‘Look, let’s help him.’ The house was not insured at the time, ”explains Harder.

In a matter of weeks, Burrton, Bühler, Inman, and Hutchinson employees raised about $ 45,000 for Reeves. Soon, volunteers were putting the money into the work and helping Reeves build a new house.

“For me as a pastor, the church is what faith is, what it means to be a community,” said Harder. “He’s not a man of many words, but you can see that in his eyes, his demeanor and his handshake. It means a lot to him. I think he’s overwhelmed as it is for all of us, but especially for him. He is loved. “

“Only the appreciation is beyond that. I mean what everyone did, it’s just amazing, ”Reeves sobbed. “Always be nice to your neighbors and friends. That’s for sure.”

Reeves expects his house to be ready to move into by early 2022.

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