Youth group helps Grayson Co. family rebuild

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- During these hot summer days most people are staying in the air conditioning as much as possible. A group of Sherman volunteers are taking a week to renovate a home damaged in last summer's floods. It's a project about more than hammers and nails.

The crews are hammering away at this home in Grayson County. They are building a new room, remodeling, and repainting in and out.

"This morning we've been doing a lot of taping and bedding, and some painting. We've been caulking and anything and everything so we can finish the room so we can get started painting on the inside," says Ashley Simpson.Simpson is a recent Sherman High grad and came out to help.

The ‘Extreme Makeover Jesus Edition’ is part of the Fairview Baptist Church summer youth project. A mother and her adult son live in the home. The son is disabled, on dialysis and sleeps in the only bedroom. The house was damaged in last summer's floods and he mother sleeps on a love seat at night. Among the work, volunteers are building a bedroom for her.

"We think probably everyone is back in their home and everything's normal but that's not the case. But to bring our youth out here and teach them to serve others, I think that's something we need to do," says Melanie Simpson, an adult sponsor and Ashley’s mom.

The group is also working at a few other homes in Grayson County. One company donated materials and labor for a new roof in one house. The youth are building a wheelchair ramp and another home. A third is getting a new kitchen, and new paint inside and out.

Several businesses donated time, furniture, materials, paint, and money. Some professional contractors and electricians are working on the more complicated aspects of the projects.

"Not only do you change their homes, but you really change their lives. You have so much more than you think you do," Ashley says.

The teens usually go out of town for the summer mission, but this year stayed close to home. They are building off their faith as they love their neighbors.

There are still many families recovering from last summer’s floods. Grayson County Disaster Relief is coordinating the rebuilding efforts. You can contact them at 903-813-3530.

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