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July 14, 2012

Volunteers helping with home repairs

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“Most of these people have been doing this for several years,” Eastham said.  
The youth work alongside one another throughout the week — and many said they were glad that temperatures had fallen to a bearable level — and then returned to Southwestern for nightly worship services and to rest. 
“They (the youth) are hungry for it (the worship),” McCoy said. 
Despite their long days and short nights, all seemed ready and excited to lend their skills to those in need.
“Sometimes they (the kids) keep us going,” McCoy said. “They’re so full of youth.”
And many strive to carry out mission work even while they work long hours in the summer heat. That is the most important part of a project that started in 1994 with only about 80 volunteers. 
Last year, 1,150 students and adults representing 70 churches in five states served through Kentucky Changers, completing 82 projects in five communities, according to the project’s website.
In Pulaski County alone, volunteers last week carried out more than 30 repair jobs. 
“We try to witness to the homeowners and to the neighbors,” said Stallard. “It’s really neat seeing these people grow because of us. We may not change a life on the day we’re here but at least we’re ...”
“At least we’re planting a seed,” finished fellow volunteer Joe Rider, from Walton, Ky. 
 

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