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Repair the roof, replace the second-floor ceiling and walls, new floor due to mold. That was the job given to Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteers at Brianna Fraser’s house in Sydney, Cape Breton.

But volunteers who were working at the single mother’s house in June noticed something else: The mattresses in the children’s bedrooms were musty and old and needed replacing.

That wasn’t on the job card, so they took it into their own hands by raising the funds among themselves to get new mattresses for Anthony and John Michael.

“It’s another amazing MDS story,” said Peter Thiessen, who served as Project Director in May. “Jesus loved children, and so do we. Volunteers were just reflecting Jesus when they provided new mattresses.”

Added Roman Heuft, MDS Coordinator for Cape Breton: “Receiving these mattresses made a huge difference in the life of this family. It’s just another example of who we want to do everything we can to restore homes and hope for people who were hit by a natural disaster.”

John Longhurst, MDS Canada Communications

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