Volunteers from across the country in Danville this week

DANVILLE—Kids from across the country are in Danville this week to give back to a community that some of them barely even know.

For this group of campers, making it to the middle of the week means it’s time for a break.

“This is definitely hump day,” said camper Kelly Robble.

Because after traveling to Danville from places that include Tennessee, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia, volunteers with the non-profit, Christian organization Group Mission Trips got right to work restoring 44 homes in their newfound neighborhood.

“We have 264 youths from 14 different states working here in your community to repair homes, build wheelchair ramps, paint interior of houses, and just help senior citizens and the elderly that are unable to do it themselves,” said camp director Leesa Rawls.

“To see the smile on his face when he comes out in the morning when we show up, to see his garage all painted and his gutters all done, it's worth it,” said Robble.

 All made possible by a group of local pastors that saw the need, reached out to Group Mission Trips, and raised $19,000 to bring them and their materials to Central Illinois.

“It’s a two year process, the community chooses the homes, and then they have to raise monies, and then we match it, and here we are,” said Rawls.

 Even though the campers have come a long way since starting work on their sites Monday morning, they still have a long way to go.

“We like to finish as many sites as we can,” said crew manager Jack Hayes. “We have two more days, two more full days, so we'll see what we can do.”

 But if they don’t, the supplies they don’t use stay in the community to make sure the job gets done.

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