Mission moves Baker youths to renovate homes, touch hearts (VIDEO)

Natalie Mize

Natalie Mize, 14, tags the front of a Baker house with the hashtag #DoSomething and her seven teammates’ names before covering it with a fresh coat of paint.

ROBIN ANDREWS / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 02:45 PM.

BAKER —  Brooms and brushes are moving this week as four church youth groups renovate seven houses.

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and Shady Grove Assembly of God often collaborate for annual church functions, but this year’s Do Something youth camp also includes Mount Repose Baptist Church from Ohio and West Haven Baptist Church from Tennessee.

The camp, which started Monday and ends Saturday, has eight youth members stationed at one house on Ray Street.

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Homeowner George Dean, 82, said the group came to his door to ask if they could help him with external home repairs.

The Navy veteran stood alongside the team as they took down lingering Christmas lights and scraped his chipped wooden siding clean before brushing on a new coat of blue paint.

“I think it’s a blessing, myself,” he said. “I’m proud the teenagers, kids, churches can … go together to do this for people in the community.”

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