Jaren Brazell and Caleb Baumert have done it all. From painting fences, to mowing, moving boxes, eavestrough cleaning and more, they are offering up their time to help others in the community with physical maintenance tasks. What they aren’t doing? Charging people for their time.
Brazell posted to the “Wetaskiwin area used or new items Buy and sell” Facebook page, offering Baumert’s and his time to community members.
Brazell and Baumert are both missionaries with their church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and are currently living in the City of Wetaskiwin. Brazell credits their strong belief in Christianity in their reaching out to offer their help in the community, saying that ultimately these tasks are all about “sharing the message of peace and love through all this.”
Brazell explains that he knows the community as a whole has had a hard time with the struggles that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought. By giving back to the community and its members Brazell and Baumert hope to brighten spirits.
“We’ve just been wanting to spread love as much as we can,” says Brazell.
What are they willing to help with? Anything, according to Brazell. “People could ask us pretty close to everything,” he says.
Brazell and Baumert proved that this was in-fact true when they helped remove a skunk from one Wetaskiwin resident’s yard.
On July 10, 2020 Wetaskiwin resident Greg Olson experienced their kindness first hand when they helped moving items from his house to the dump. Olson says that his health isn’t very good anymore and, “It’s just a lot for my wife and I to try to do ourselves. Having a couple of young strong guys really helps out a lot.”
In addition to helping out, Baumert says that one of the best parts of these tasks is getting to meet new people and connect. Brazell agrees, stating that some of the best days are when whoever they are helping sticks around to talk to them.
“Sometimes all people want is to just to talk to people,” says Brazell.
Baumert says that they plan on offering up their services as long as possible, even into the winter for shovelling if need be. “We are planning on doing this as long as people need help,” he says.
Baumert and Brazell say although they may not be in Wetaskiwin for a guaranteed amount of time, there will always be a set of missionaries from their church in Wetaskiwin to lend a helping hand.