Teens give up summer break to do community service in Knoxville

Teens give up summer break to do community service in Knoxville

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The group speaks with the homeowner before getting started. The group speaks with the homeowner before getting started.
"When I found out, I just kind of went giddy, because I've been really in need," said homeowner Ada Koho. "When I found out, I just kind of went giddy, because I've been really in need," said homeowner Ada Koho.
A volunteer removes the part of the ceiling damaged by water. A volunteer removes the part of the ceiling damaged by water.
"Why would I just do that when I can help others? I did it last year. This is my second year and I really enjoyed it last year," said 16-year-old Sierra Hadik of Smyrna, Delaware. "Why would I just do that when I can help others? I did it last year. This is my second year and I really enjoyed it last year," said 16-year-old Sierra Hadik of Smyrna, Delaware.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Manual labor in the July heat with no pay is certainly not what most teenagers would want for their summer vacation.

But more than 300 teens have traveled to Knoxville for just that, coming from states as far away as Texas, Minnesota, Delaware and Florida.

They're hoping to make a difference in East Tennessee through Catholic HEART Workcamp, a faith-based community service camp.

HEART stands for Helping Everyone Attain Relief Today.

The teens are spending part of their summer break trimming back overgrown shrubs, raking up leaves and repairing water-damaged ceilings.

"Why would I just do that when I can help others? I did it last year. This is my second year and I really enjoyed it last year," said 16-year-old Sierra Hadik of Smyrna, Delaware.

They're performing free repair work on local homes, like Ada Koho's in South Knoxville.

"When I found out, I just kind of went giddy, because I've been really in need," said Koho.

Koho says she can't believe the campers are doing this for her.

"To see them having such passion for doing good in the world," said Koho.

The campers say this week is about putting their faith into action, making a difference in the world around them.

"Catholic HEART Workcamp is an excellent opportunity for teenagers to get involved in the community and learn what it is to give of their time and their talents," said Greg Coury of Delaware, leader of the group working at Koho's house.

"Why not give back for a week? Why not take the spotlight off of you and put it on someone else who could use it," said Hadik.

The teens hope that when others see them giving back to complete strangers, it might make them think about doing the same.

"If people see teenagers putting that type of effort out, it may just inspire them," said Coury.

It's already making a lasting impact on both homeowners like Koho and these teens.

"I can't really express it. It just means so much to me. I can't really express it," said Koho.

"I'll remember like, hey I helped Miss Ada in Tennessee and she was such a nice lady," said Hadik.

The one week camp runs through Saturday, July 6.

While they're in town, the teens are staying at Knoxville Catholic High School, sleeping on air mattresses in classrooms.

The teens have to pay to be part of the camp, so many of them raise money all year long to help offset the cost, which covers materials used for the repairs.

For more information on Catholic HEART Workcamp, visit their website.

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