Teens Volunteer to Repair Albertville Homes

Northeast Alabama
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ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Teenagers from Texas, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama spent some of their summer break helping a half-dozen Sand Mountain homeowners.

The Congregational Methodist Church sponsored Impact 2012, hosted in Albertville by Brashers Chapel Church.

Megan Duncan came with a group from McKnight Church in Cushing, Texas.

She worked on re-roofing an Albertville home.

"I didn't think I could help out much because I've never shingled before, and I thought I was just going to have to hold the ladder, but they taught us how to do it and we've actually been doing really good," Duncan said.

Another group worked on a mobile home damaged April 27, 2011.

Brashers Chapel youth minister Mike Williamson said the owner could not afford repairs to the roof and has lived in an apartment ever since the storms.

"She actually fell, and had to have surgery on her arm from the fall," Williamson said.

"She's on oxygen and she's just a lady that needs to be back in her home and we're so blessed to be able to help her this week."

The home needed a lot of help, too.

Some of the volunteers are from Albertville, including Sierra Pell, who was glad to lend a hand to the nearby neighbor.

"That wall needed to be done and the roof needed to be repaired because the tornado messed up her whole house," Pell said.

The team also fixed plumbing issues and other concerns that left the home unoccupied for many months.

"She's really ready to move back into her home, and I feel really good, we all feel really good about ourselves that we can help this lady move back in," said Kyra Salcedo of Douglasville, Georgia.

Megan Duncan agreed.

"It feels really good, actually, it feels really nice, and I'm actually having fun, too."

There were about 90 participants in the week-long church camp, and teens also helped out at the food bank and recycling center in Albertville.

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