Neighbors helping neighbors.

That's how Liz Arnall of Grove describes the holiday miracle which took place last fall at her home in rural Grove.

It was then, Arnall and her husband, Terry, were awarded a brand new roof from Kennetha and Troy England from  A Grand Roofing Company.

"There are a lot of good people around here," Arnall said, choking back emotion. 

How it began

Last fall, the Englands decided to host an "all exclusive roof giveaway" in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The idea was simple, the giveaway was designed to be a "roofing it forward" type of event.

The Englands wanted to give away new roof to a homeowner in need as a way to celebrate blessings which have come their way.

"I've wanted to do this for several years," Kenetha England said, at the time of the giveaway. "We've been here for eight years and this is one way to pay it forward."

With a team of volunteers, including Joy Justice from Northeast Technology Center in Afton, Rev. Randy Hamill, from First United Methodist Church, Grove, Ed Trumbull, mayor of Grove, Pat Dalke, director of the Christian H.E.L.P. Center, and Nancy Edwards, director of Bridges of Hope, the Englands looked through several applications.

Ultimately, the team decided to award the gift to the Arnalls.

Their home, located in the Butler/Whitewater area suffered damage after tornadic winds moved through the area. 

Without insurance, the Arnalls were were unable to address all of the issues. Which meant spots in the roof were leaking.

"They stood out the most," England said. "They really needed the roof and hand the biggest need."

So on Thanksgiving Day 2017, the Englands knocked on the Arnalls' door. 

For England, the moment remains etched in her mind. 

"It made my Thanksgiving Day," England said. "You would have thought I was giving them the Publisher's Clearing House Award.

"They were that excited. It warmed my heart."

For Arnall, receiving the gift was in one word, a blessing.

"We needed it badly," Arnall said, adding that other expenses including payments for the property and house came first. "i couldn't believe it. I was completely shocked. We really needed it."

This fall, shortly after they finished paying off their home, a neighbor - Joy Justice - drove by and asked if they would be interested in submitting an application for a roof.

That application, led to the awarding of the roof.

"They did it so fast," Arnall said. "It was just amazing. It was amazing to see them work so hard and hear them [on the roof].

"They did such a good job. My husband had built roofs before. He agreed. They even repairs bad boards and all of the holes. It was amazing."

In fact, Arnall compared the entire process like an "old fashioned barn raising."

"They were wonderful people. They were like family," Arnall said.

Now that the roof is fixed, Arnall said the couple will focus on other items in need of repair.

This is not the first time someone from the community has reached out to the Arnalls. His employer, Shane and Kim Berry with Honey Creek Nursery, has provided assistance as well.

"There's just a lot of good people around here," Arnall said.

Looking to the future

England said the experience was rewarding. 

"It warmed my heart and made as all feel good," England said. "We felt like we were giving back to the community, which was our goal.

"I don't think I've ever done anything like this in my life that made me feel so good, as doing this for somebody."

This weekend

This weekend the Englands will be one of the 90 vendors taking part in the 2018 Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Home & Garden Show.

The event, which runs Friday through Sunday, takes place at the Grove Civic Center.

Donnie Crain, president of the chamber, said at least one-third of the vendors this year are new.

Between the presentations, which take place throughout the weekend, and the displays, Crain believes the 20th Annual event offers something for everyone - be it a first time guest or returning customer.

"There's something that appeals to everyone," Crain said. "We feel there is more than last year at the show."

Crain said he's already looking for areas to expand the show in 2018. 

"It's bigger and better," Crain said. "There's lots of new stuff that hasn't been there before.

"All of our vendors are bringing their 'A game'.  It's obvious to me, the vendors are putting a lot of time into their booths."

Crain, who is coordinating his first show, said he's excited to see a show of this quality, take place within the Grove area.

"This is something a town of our size can be proud of," Crain said. "I'm still overwhelmed with the size of it, and how nice it is."