Young Catholics from four states volunteer in the Roanoke Valley

Published: Jul. 20, 2016 at 7:33 PM EDT
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They've been sanding, and sweating, since Monday.

Two teams of young people from Maryland and Pennsylvania have repaired rotten boards and applied a fresh coat of paint to Carolyn Ferrell's front porch.

Inside, they've pulled up old carpeting, and provided plenty of TLC throughout. And Ferrell couldn't be happier.

"Some of them, they live in Baltimore and came all the way here," Ferrell told WDBJ7 Wednesday afternoon. "Baltimore, Maryland, Philadelphia, all up in that area and came here to Roanoke to help people like us."

This is the fifth year that Roanoke Catholic School has hosted Catholic Heart Workcamp. More than 200 people, from 12-year-olds to adults are taking part, working on home repairs and improvements, and helping social service agencies.

Most of the campers have done this before.

"This is my seventh year now," Hannah Bittner, a camper from Maryland, says "and I just keep coming back I love it so much."

"Figure you're making a difference here," we asked Mark Chamberlain, a camper from Pennsylvania. "I hope so," he responded. "A little goes a long way when everybody's together."

Bringing people together and showing they care for others, says Amy Kumpf, is a powerful combination.

"There is so much going on, the suffering, the terrorism, the division," Kumpf said. "To see young people working, it gives me hope that our society will indeed prevail."

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