Moundsville family with cracking house gets help from Middle School Leo Club


You may remember the house in Moundsville that’s literally falling into the ground.

Bob and Susan Flowers now have to move out of their  home of 36 years because it’s cracking and shifting, and is no longer safe to live in.

Just when it seemed there was no answer, they got help from an unexpected source–the Leo Club from Moundsville Middle School.

“I was watching Channel 7 News and saw the story and basically realized that family includes one of our students, and we knew we had to help right away,” said Donnie Gilbert Jr., the Leo Club advisor.

As their house cracked and shifted, the Flowers family made plans to move into the house next door, which they also own.

But it needed a lot of work.

They felt devastated and were getting no help.

“And then one day I get this call from a Mr. Gilbert,” recalled Susan Flowers. “And he said he was from the Leo Club. And he said, ‘What can I do to help?’ I just started crying.”

“We painted the house as a group one day,” Gilbert recalled. “Three teachers and a student. We did ceilings, every bedroom, the kitchen.”

“They painted all the walls,” Susan said. “They put the new doors in. They did the trim work in the house.”

Leo Club members helped in different ways. 

“I did some fund raising for the family,” noted Ethan Neely, 8th grader. “I didn’t get to go out there and work for them, but I did get to raise funds.”

“It was so unfortunate,” said Gilbert, referring to the Flowers’ situation. “You know, you would think something like this would be covered by insurance. It’s just unfortunate that it was not. That’s why we were so glad to help. Because we just knew how much they needed it.”

“I felt very honored to be part of that,” said Faith Corley, Leo Club member. “It was very nice to be able to help other people. That’s why I joined the Leo Club.”

Now the Flowers family is about to move, just in time, as their old house continues to creak and crack ominously.

They’ll have a new start.

And they’ve even forged some new friendships.

“I believe it’s everybody’s goal in life to just be able to help other people and that’s what I believe I was put on this earth to do is to help  people,” said Corley.

“They are the most supportive group of people I’ve ever seen,” said Susan Flowers.

The Leo Club is a youth organization of the Lions Club International.

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