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College students spend Spring Break volunteering in EKY

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) Freezing temperatures and an inch and a half of snow don’t exactly make the most ideal weather for your average college spring breaker.

“These are good kids, they’ve decided it’s more important to help others, and it’s good to have them here,” Christian Appalachian Project Housing Program Manager Bryan Byrd said.

Sean Puzzo is one of those, who decided to spend his break in Eastern Kentucky with the Christian Appalachian Project more than 600 miles away from his home at Caldwell College in New Jersey.

“We could have gone lots of places, lots of friends are staying home and relaxing, it would have been nice, but I can’t see myself spending my break and not doing something like this,” Puzzo said.

About 50 students, like Puzzo, are working on 10 different job sites throughout Floyd County with the Christian Appalachian Project this week.

“They’re working on a deck, they’re doing some windows on the other part of the house, we’ve replaced the roof and we’re getting ready to do siding,” Byrd added.

Project leaders say the donated materials and man power help them provide warm, safe and dry homes for people who can’t afford it on their own.

But for Puzzo, the experience as a whole is a blessing.

“Not only to do the service, but to meet the people that are receiving the service, is an unbelievable feeling, for them to say thank you and to be able to do something for them,” Puzzo said.

An experience that has turned this group of strangers into forever friends.

This round of students will spend this week in Eastern Kentucky and will head back to their homes on Friday.

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