Chambersburg Project kicks into high gear

July 13, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

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WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Despite the depressed economy, the Chambersburg Project started this week with more volunteers and financial contributions than its previous 10 years.

More than 200 teenagers have divided into teams that are doing repairs at Franklin County, Pa., homes whose property owners have financial or medical needs.

One of those teams, with four boys and three girls, tackled the Pa. 16 home shared by Lee Weiss and her four sons. Joey Weiss, 16, pitched in for the ditch digging, furnace removal and gutter repair.


"It's becoming a home," Joey said.

Joey said the family moved into the house in August 2008. They've fixed the kitchen, ceiling fans and laundry room floor.

The team wrapped up its day by painting sealant on the basement's rock walls. Adult leader Debbie Haines had been down there for a few hours with Skylynn Whittington and Serina Watson, both 15, and Erica Newton, 13.

Haines said she enjoys helping people, working with youth and providing a living testimony for God's love.

"We're doing it for the homeowner, but we're His hands and feet," Haines said.

Her husband, Ken, joked around with Ryan Morningstar, Cory Baker, Alex Yoder and Coulson Shaul as they finished the gutters.

"We've been up since 6 (a.m.)," said Ryan, 17.

"We all got to know each other really well, really fast," said Coulson, 16.

Alex, 16, chose to skip a Virginia camp to participate in the Chambersburg Project like he has for the past several years. He shared a favorite Chambersburg Project memory.

"One of the owners, he was in a wheelchair, and we fixed something in the yard. ... We ended up carrying his wheelchair to the yard to see it," Alex said.

The teenagers said they were looking forward to supper, donated Rita's Italian Ice and sleeping on Monday night. They also said they were excited that Seven Glory would be performing Christian rock music Monday night at Chambersburg Middle School.

Thirty-three crews will continue to work at 88 project sites through Friday evening.

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