Kristen Doty and her family received quite the surprise last weekend, when they returned from a day trip to Kansas City to find a bunch of people in their garage...
The setup is far from sinister. Lane Doty is an Emporia Police officer and Military Policeman currently serving a year-long tour overseas. This leaves Kristen and three boys without a father and husband for the time being. Deputy and family friend Jacob Welsh has been helping the family out for awhile now.
This lightbulb moment led to Welsh creating a private Facebook group, and inviting a few folks to help with some odd-and-in home improvement projects. He says there was a few items on the to-do list.
At 11am last Friday, the group of about 30 went to work, and finished up by 8pm the following day -- just in time for Kristen and the boys to get home. Doty, as Welsh correctly predicted, was a bit misty-eyed.
Doty says she's received a ton of help from friends and neighbors ever since her husband left for his year-long tour.
Needless to say, Doty was a bit taken back by the friendship and compassion displayed that day. But, she says she'll pass it on.