Paying it Forward: Local Teens want to Help

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Updated: 9/20/2013 9:14 am
During an atypical summer in Pocatello, heavy rain and flooding was nearly a staple during the month of august. As rain led to flooding and flooding led to road hazards, property damage was inevitable. Many homes were affected, like the one of Paul Bickelhaupt.

Bickelhaupt explained his experience when he said “It was awful to say the least. It had already rained a couple days earlier pretty badly and it was really leaky. I looked down and I couldn’t quite comprehend it. The floor was black and so I thought that it was really dark down there but it was actually water but it had been flooding in from the window and actually coming out of the toilet. Of course my first impulse was to save my Xbox.”

The damage, at least to the basement was so bad that no one can live in the home. Bickelhaupt's family is currently living in a rental property as they try to reclaim and repair their now severely damaged residence. However, Bickelhaupt has friends, who saw his situation and wanted to help.

Those friends, Jordan Horsch and Ben Yancey explained that, “I knew that he needed help by when I walked down and I was just surprised that it was covered just his whole basement must have been flooded. Horsch added that, “Yeah, the same thing with me I went and saw his house and he told me that his whole basement was covered with mud and everything and he needed help with everything.”

Help is something that Bickelhaupt quickly received. Horsch and Yancey sprang into action, putting donation jars at local businesses in Pocatello and at the museum of clean in an effort to raise money for their friend and his family whose home was devastated by flooding damage.

“I just, my friends, I would do anything for my friends are half my life I just love my friends,” Yancey said. “Yeah it just makes me feel really good to help other people,” Horsch added.

Yancey, Horsch and Horsch’s scout troop did raise money to help Bickelhaupt and his family; however this isn’t the end of the story. Bickelhaupt saw their good deed and wanted to pay it forward. He felt that the money should go to someone who is in greater need than he is.

“I just think that everybody should be helped like we are being helped. It would be kinda selfish if they gave all of the fundraising money to us,” Bickelhaupt said.

The boys will now find the best way to help other local flood victims using the funds that they raised for Bickelhaupt. In Pocatello, Dave Martinson, KPVI News 6.

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