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Family of 'plow angels' helping folks in Branch County
BRANCH COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A family from Quincy is coming to the aid of hundreds of people trapped in their homes because of more than three feet of snow in their driveways.
For the last three days the Tubergans have worked tirelessly to help their neighbors, friends, even complete strangers escape 19 inches of snow, pulling them free from snow drifts and clearing driveways.
"That's what we're out to do, just help people. Pay it forward," said Jim Tubergan.
Lisa Tubergan and her husband Jim tells us it was a no-brainer for them.
Because they're self-employed they can take the time, provide the truck, and pay for the gas to plow out doctors, the disabled, and dialysis patients for free.
"We've been blessed, we're blessing others, we get to know so many people," said Lisa Tubergan.
News of their kindness spread fast, their phones ringing constantly all hours of the night, hundreds of people asking the Tubergans for help, their addresses quickly scrawled out on scrap paper.
"This was just a half hour of people calling," said Lisa.
Monday alone, with their two dogs riding by their side the Tubergans plowed 137 driveways.
Tuesday was much of the same, but they took a break to talk to us about their efforts.
"You know they always say you start at the end of your elbow if you want a helping hand. But you can always take that hand and help somebody else too. That's important in today's world I think, it's got to start with someone," said Lisa.
While we were at their home Juli Melton stopped by to express her gratitude for helping a friend get to a lifesaving doctor's appointment.
"Their god sends, complete, I can't say thank you enough to them," said Juli Melton.
Lisa and Jim tell us they won't stop plowing until every address is crossed of their lists. And the smiles they receive from those they've helped are worth their weight in gold.
"You know it's been a rough year last year, but this is 2014 a time to have fun and live life," said Lisa.