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James Price had his home in St. Louis repaired for free, thanks to a local electricians (Credit: KMOV) James Price had his home in St. Louis repaired for free, thanks to a local electricians (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A group of volunteers ranging from electricians to St. Louis police recruits took to the streets Saturday for good cause.

Electricians from IBEW Local 1 checked homes across the St. Louis area for electrical problems and to make needed repairs. One of the residents the group helped was Korean War veteran James Price. At the corner of Ashland Ave and Taylor Ave, Price was out on the front porch.

“I've been living here for 50 years and today was my day to lay in,” said Price.

Instead, the veteran was up bright and early because volunteers from IBEW Local 1 were inside his home. The electricians replaced outdated wiring and checked light fixtures.

“And it has been a blessing,” he said. “The volunteers here are trying to make things easier for me and my family.”

The union has been helping St. Louisans for 15 years through a program called Rebuilding Together St. Louis. 

“A lot of people in the city of St. Louis are in need. People can’t afford to pay for our services to come out to work on their homes, we fell it's important to make their homes safe,” said an electrician working for IBEW Local 1.

Saturday, 250 volunteers helped repair 50 homes, providing at least $100,000 worth of services for free. The massive effort was made possible thanks to over 1,000 people volunteering to help from St. Louis police recruits to area realtors.

 St. Louis Realtors President Marc Levinson said his organization lends a hand to this cause every year because it's important. 

"Had a great turnout and it's very rewarding. We absolutely have a responsibility to give back to our communities," said Levinson.  "The smiles on the faces of these homeowners, you can't put a monetary value on it."

The Korean War veteran said he doesn’t know what he’d do without these men.

“Anything we can do for a veteran is on top for us because they've given us our freedom, they've given us what we have today,” said one of the volunteers, “If they can’t afford to have electrical work done, were more than willing to go out.”

For those who worked hard to make his family safe Saturday, Price calls their service a blessing.

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