POSTED: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 4:07pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 14, 2014 - 8:18am
SANTA MARIA, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Spring Break is typically a time for students to relax, but a group of generous teens are using this week to give back to a community 12 hours from home.
These students are giving up their week-long vacation and driving all the way from North Texas to repair homes for Valley residents in need.
"All of us live really good lives and coming down here you're humbled, you're humbled by the experience," said Madison Horinck, a student at Flower Mound High School.
The group is part of an organization here in the Valley called "Help For Homes." Dozens of teens trade out their swim suits for hammers to fix as many homes as they can.
"It's interesting to see the number of kids that want to give up their spring break to work on houses and things like that, so it's very rewarding," said Scott Williamson, a volunteer with Help For Homes. It's very refreshing to see that happen."
Ismael Martinez's home still suffers damage sustained during Hurricane Dolly in 2008, but now, his home will have a new sturdy roof thanks to this hardworking crew.
"They're wonderful kids, I mean like I tell you I'm very thankful," Martinez said. "Thanks to God that they helped me out."
Help For Homes is also repairing the home of a 92-year-old World War II veteran whose roof is in bad condition.
"I'm glad that they did that to me 'cause I couldn't live in an old house," explained Pablo Carvazos.
In addition to repairing houses, the students are also building friendships with the people they help.
"We come down for a week and work on houses, but we've also created great relationships with some of these families and with these churches, and that's really what it's all about," said Jay Savannah, a student at UNT.
For information on the Help For Homes organization, visit their website: http://helpforhomes.org/