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Teens Renovate Rustburg Home

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Reporter: Sally Delta

Rustburg, VA - Nearly 200 middle and high school students are spending their summer break doing construction, and it's all to help those in need.

They're renovating homes all over Virginia, and this week they're in Central Virginia. It's a part of a camp called Impact Virginia.

The Baptist General Association of Virginia coordinates Impact Virginia. The mission of this camp is to make people safer, warmer or dryer. Thursday, they finished up a wheelchair ramp for a woman in Rustburg.

"It's going to be a God sent, to help me get around," said Linda Tuck.

Tuck has foot drop. For her, every step is painful.

"You feel like your legs are 100 pounds. You can't get around, you have to have a cane or something to walk with all the time, so that's rough," said Tuck.

Unable to afford a ramp, Tuck has to walk up steps just to get into her home. One time she took a pretty serious fall.

"It hurt my pride, but it didn't hurt me," said Tuck, laughing.

So to keep Tuck safe, Impact Mission campers came out to build a ramp for her. Director Glenn Maddox says the purpose of the mission is to help youth engage their faith with action.

"I want to help kids see that their faith is more than just something than they believe in or talk about, it's also something they can do," said Maddox.

Adults are there to guide and supervise, but the teens do the majority of the work. They say meeting the people they're helping makes it all worth it.

"I was about to cry; it was really touching," said one student.

"It's a good feeling to see people appreciate the small things people can do for other people," said another student.

"I just appreciate everybody helping me," said Tuck.

"We thank you," said one of the helpers.

They are from churches all over Virginia. They will complete 12 sites in our area by the end of this week.

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