CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) --The sounds of hammering, sawing, laughter and appreciation filled one construction project on Tuesday
Nearly 160 volunteers are working in and around Huntington and Cabell County replacing roofs, doing yard work, building handicap ramps and doing general home repairs -- all for free.
It is part of a mission trip involving high school and college students from across the country, trying to make a difference in the lives of others.
Rheta Keefer has lived in her house along Carson Lane nearly all her life. She has needed a new roof, but has never been able to replace it until this group arrived with hammers and shingles in hand.
“I wanted to cry and I said to my neighbor last night, I just want to cry' and I'm not a crier. It’s tears of joy,” Keefer said.
The students have teamed up with five local churches on this mission project.
Nick Hughes is from Pittsburgh and says isn't not just about meeting the spiritual needs of others but basic everyday needs, as well.
"That's one thing that Christ definitely stressed in his ministries, taking care of real needs that people have, not just preaching the word and saying that we love you but actually showing it and we are showing it today by putting on a roof," Hughes said.
The students will be hammering and sawing the entire week on various projects.