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Lending A Hand Away From Home


Nearly 500 teenagers from California to Ohio are in Davenport this week.

But they don't want to cause any trouble. 

They want to help.

"I made these steps." says 16 year old Natalie Herold as she looks over her handy work. "It's really cool because it's like I can really do that."

Natalie traveled here - wanting to help people who couldn't help themselves. 

But it's turning into much more than that.

She is working at a house in Davenport - one of 50 the volunteers are fixing. 

But at this home - the deck is rotting and falling away - in bad need of repair.

"I tried to keep up with the improvements," says homeowner Elaine Boyd. "But when you are disabled, you can only do so much."

Elaine was in a car accident several years ago that left her with limited use of her arm.

And this opportunity to get some things fixed was a blessing.

"My Mother told me about something that was in the paper, where kids were coming to Davenport to work in low income homes," says Boyd with a smile. "So I called and got an application and I got picked."

So now - 12 high school students and some adult volunteers are trying to make this house look like new. 

With a new porch and front walkway... And a fresh coat of paint.

Some volunteers traveled a long way to help out. 

Grant Peterson is an 18 year old from Colorado. 

He traveled 12 hours to be here because he felt it was something he had to do.

"Just being a teenager, we usually not the most giving people," he says. "We're pretty need people. We have all the new iphone's and stuff but these people just don't have much of that and they are still so happy."

And even though they are working though the storms and the hot sun - Grant says it's all worth it in the end. 

"Sometimes it's not that easy to be joyous, but when you meet people like this, it really matters and it brings the joy out."


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