FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A group of students, faculty, and parents from Louisville, were in the mountains helping repair homes in the Big Sandy Region.
7th and 8th grade students from, St. Patrick's, in Louisville spent three days partnered with Hand in Hand Ministries, lending a helping hand in Eastern Kentucky.
Gail Spradlin with Hand in Hand Ministries says, "We do home repairs for low income families. We have about 500 volunteers that come through each year."
One of the homes the students repaired was, Betty Hicks', home. Hicks' home did not have running water before the group worked on it
Spradlin says, "We could just see she was a good mom and loved her children so we just wanted to make their lives a little better and Betty's life a little easier."
Betty Hicks says, "These people all have big hearts, you wouldn't think they'd come out, spend time, and fix your house, but they do and they do a good job and I am thankful for them."
Group leaders say these students will be taking more than just carpentry skills with them from this trip. Kevin Greenwood says, "We want to give people a hand up and we really stress for our children to not only do the job but meet people, make friends, and make memories."
8th grader, Ryan Murphy says, "Never knew how life changing it would be, it has been a great experience and changed my life."
Murphy explains important life lessons he learned, "Don't take anything for granted, because you never know....and make the best out of what you have."
Hand in Hand Ministries repairs 50-60 homes each year.