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Both ends of the spectrum...
Something heartwarming to finish off the weekend. Shoutout to my Kansas brothers who just filled me with some very positive feelings towards the brotherhood. Took the video and text below off of Jabba's Xanga. Below is a news article about it, and click here for the video news clip. Crackerjack, hope everything goes well with the house.

WICHITA, Kansas, Mar 25, 2005 -- A Wichita family whose house nearly burned to the ground Tuesday got a lesson in generosity Thursday.

On Wednesday, Robert Ray got a happy birthday call from his parents but he could sense theunhappiness in their voices. When he asked what was wrong, they broke the news about the fire.

That’s all Robert needed to hear. He quickly headed down to Wichita from Lawrence, knowing as he came that help was on the way.

"I told all my fraternity brothers about it and everyone of them cancelled their spring break trips and said ’we’ll see you down there tomorrow,’" said Ray.

While it’s not exactly the way they planned on spending their vacations, they wouldn’t have it any other way.

"I was supposed to go Texas but I came out here. I guess it’s all about manpower. I have absolutely no technical know how," said Ashighh Desai, fraternity brother.

Currently, the only thing the job requires is good old fashioned elbow grease. The Ray family hopes to have their home in livable condition by late May.

Thanks to volunteers who also include some of Robert Ray’s father’s friends, they think they can do it.

"These guys are old and they’re out working harder than us," said Ray. He then turns to one of his father’s friends and jokingly tells him, "Yeah, I called you old!"

In between their dirty work, the older and younger crowd has had a smorgasbord to choose from thanks to family friend Kelly Wiseman, just one more example of the incredible team effort.

"I don’t know if there’s a bigger word than ’thank you,’ and if there is, I’d like to know because I could never pay all these guys back," said Ray.

Believe it or not, even more help is on the way. The Ray’s have another son who is a reservist. Many of his fellow reservists are coming in Friday and over the weekend to lend their support as well.
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