Selfless teens help renovate home for family during summer vacation

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POSTED: Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 5:15pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 27, 2014 - 8:32am

Summer vacation is typically spent at the beach or relaxing with friends.

But for the unselfish volunteers working with the Catholic Youth Renovation Project, they're choosing to give back to others in need.

Lorena Torres and her family live in a damaged home in north Peñitas. Now, they are getting a sturdy new roof thanks to the efforts of the youth group.

"I am very grateful to them because my home was damaged," explained Torres. "The roof leaked, and thank God for this blessing because now I have my house renovated."

And for the kids who spend hours in the heat each day working to rebuild someone's life, seeing the family's reaction is worth the hard work.

"It's fun to see the people smile, the smiles on people's faces when you help them," said Cody Sanchez, one of the youth volunteers. "You get to meet new people and make new friends."

 A handful of Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office deputies are also assisting the youth in this project. Deputy JP Rodriguez says it's refreshing to see such generous kids making a positive impact in their community.

"So many times we hear about youth doing negative things that have negative consequences, but there's a lot of good kids out there."

Even Bishop Flores didn't hesitate to climb onto the roof and help out the volunteers.

"It's a great experience for the young people to come out and be of service to other people and to get to know the families," said Bishop Flores. "So for me it's a great joy, I'm always encouraged. The young people give me a lot of hope."
 

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