Hometown Heroes Spend Week in Springfield Sprucing

By Melanie Chapman | mchapman@kolr10.com

Published 07/18 2013 04:50PM

Updated 07/19 2013 12:19PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A group of more than 40 teenagers is spending a week in the summer heat to help senior citizens and those with disabilities in Springfield.

The group is with the Calvary United Methodist Youth Group. They are based out of Wichita, Kansas but work locally with Connections Handyman Services, an agency of the Council of the Churches of the Ozarks.

"It's a lot of fun. Even thought its hot we are out doing something we know is important," said Sophomore Paige Smading. She is using power tools at one home on Springfield's North side. She and the other members of the youth group are building wheelchair ramps and walker steps to accommodate the homeowners.

"The woman who will move in here has Multiple Sclerosis and will be bound to a wheelchair probably sooner rather than later," said Theo Furrow with Calvary United Methodist Church.

"A lot of kids have never done this kind of work so its opportunity for them to learn how to use some of the hand tools and do some of the repair work. They love the learning opportunity and it's a great chance for us to give back to the community."

The volunteers will make improvements to six different homes in Springfield. But they also get a day off to have some fun. Wednesday they went to Table Rock Lake to cool off and returned to Springfield to complete all the work before returning back to Wichita.

Smading wears her shades and dances while working on the ramp with her follow teens, "We know that not only are we getting something out of working, the people living here are going to have this ramp to use for many years."

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