Walker had already planned to go into her daughter’s neighborhood to help clean up, but decided to start the day helping clear the cemetery.
“It’s a united feeling. It hits us all. My home, your home,” she said. “This is our world; our everyday community. We’re a good, strong community and it’s hard to see so many people hurt.”
Walker said she owned a business along 4th Street and knew the area very well.
“I looked at this area every day for years,” she said. “Now it’s just forever changed.”
As the two old friends chatted, Poff said he wished there was some way to repay the volunteers’ kindness. Without hesitation, Walker answered.
“You know how you’re paying them for it? Just appreciate it.
That’s all you can do, hon,” she said. “You know where they’re getting paid is in the heart for doing it, OK? That’s why we’re all here. For each other.”