Hundreds of Teens Gather for Impact! Virginia

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FLUVANNA COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- This week, more than 200 middle and high school students from across Virginia are in Fluvanna County to help local residents with home repair projects.

Impact! Virginia hosts four construction camps each year and is sponsored by the Baptist General Association of Virginia.

BGAV teamed up with local organizations like Fluvanna Habitat for Humanity, the Fluvanna/Louisa Housing Foundation and Fluvanna Meals on Wheels to repair homes at 11 sites.

"I love construction," said recent high school graduate Nathan Shields from Roanoke. "I love doing things with my hands, I love cutting, I love mending things that are broken and I feel like this week is a way for me to help people who aren't necessarily broken but a little bit down on their luck while also physically helping their house and shelter."

For tenth grade student Gillian Church from Springfield, the heat was a small price to pay for helping out in the community.

"When you're in the sun, it's just hard but it feels good, it really does," said Church. "Because you know you're doing good stuff."

Impact! Virginia staff member Paige Mills said the camp is a great example of how those who want to help don't have to look too far for somebody in need.

"They just get the at home mission experience," said Mills of the campers. "A lot of times a mission is only far away in other countries but the kids get to see that this is something I can do in my backyard."

The homeowner at one of the 11 sites, Florence Palmer, said she's thankful for the help because she would be unable to do it alone.

"It makes me proud to be an American for one thing, because to have somebody who cares for you and able to help you out is truly the American spirit," said Palmer. "You couldn't ask for anything better."

Next year, Impact! plans on hosting at least five camps, including a mission in Romania.

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