Social Media Rallies Help for Tennessee Soldier

Social Media Rallies Help for Tennessee Soldier

Social media came to the rescue after a Tennessee soldier deployed to Afghanistan issued a call for help online. His pregnant wife needed assistance removing massive piles of storm debris from their front yard, and the response was overwhelming.
CLARKSVILLE, TN (abc24.com) - Social media came to the rescue after a deployed Tennessee soldier issued a call for help online. His pregnant wife needed assistance removing massive piles of storm debris from their front yard, and the response was overwhelming.

It was all hands on deck in Clarksville over the weekend as men, women, and machinery pitched in to help out.

During the storms a tree fell in the back yard of Richie Hendricks, a Fort Campbell soldier who's currently deployed in Afghanistan. His wife is due to have their second child this week.

Richie went to social media to ask for help. The next day nearly a dozen complete strangers, some current and former military, some civilians, and even a soldier's widow, volunteered their time.

The crew says they didn't do it to get any recognition. They were happy to help out, make new friends, and give thanks to some neighbors for making sure they didn't go thirsty.

"Richie got the tree out of his yard. But we got a human connection and free beer," said one volunteer.

Another volunteer simply said, "They had me at 'free beer.'"

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