Two friends also carted away pieces of scrap metal to sell in Harrison. The compromise benefits all those who are involved.
"We've had a lot of nice people out here helping us and we'd like to help them, so it works both ways," said Earl.
A group found out about the Anders from their church and decided to help out, while helping themselves.
"We're out helping neighbors and thankful that we can help clean up and also be able to use the wood," said Maggie Ann Shanks, who has a wood burning stove. "We tuned lemons into lemonade!"
Shanks along with a couple from Forsyth, the Burlingdales, chopped and split wood from trees damaged from the tornado.
"What was broken, we're fixing and using!" exclaimed Judy Burlingdale.
The wood the trio can use will be distributed to others.
"Everybody will get to share in a blessing. So it's not a disaster, it's a blessing," said Shanks with a smile.
For the Anders, any type of help is appreciated.
"There is no way I can thank them. Neither of us. There are no words that we can say to thank them," said Mrs. Anders.
"We will get through this and it will look better than it ever did," agreed Mr. Anders.
Taney County Office of Emergency Management
Taney County Transfer Station on Buchanan Road will be accepting non-burnable storm debris from county residents at no charge through the end of March. Vegetative materials will not be accepted. The transfer station will NOT accept storm debris from commercial haulers. Haulers will need to transfer material direct to the landfill.
The Incident Management team is currently working on debris collection locations for the other affected areas. Citizens working in the debris area should be careful. The amount of exposed nails and fasteners present at high chance of injury and exposure to tetanus. If you have not had recent tetanus booster, please contact Taney County Health Department (417)334-4544.
For further information please contact Taney County Emergency Management at (417) 546-7233.
If you need volunteer assistance, call (417) 243-2161.
If you would like to volunteer, call (417) 243-2144.