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Volunteers repair homes in Perry County

CORNETTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Today was the 14th annual Home Development Alliance Perry County Repair Affair, where volunteers spent the day repairing the homes of people who would not otherwise be able to afford it.

The Campbells say their old porch was dangerous for their children to use.

"It wasn't sturdy. The steps were not sturdy. It wasn't safe. No banisters. Nothing on it," said homeowner James Campbell.

Thanks to Repair Affair vounteers, their kids will be able to climb those stairs safely.

"I've been wanting a new porch for a long time. And I finally have gotten one that will be safe for my children to play on and walk up and down the steps on without falling," said Leah-Jane Campbell, a homeowner.

Saturday's Perry County Repair Affair efforts ranged from landscaping to installing a wheelchair ramp at someone's home. Members of the Summit Community Church in Hazard were among the volunteers. The pastor says he hopes the volunteers take lessons they learned today and remember them for the rest of their lives.

"Tomorrow there's going to be opportunities because we're going to be around people, and the next day. So every day there's opportunities and hopefully things like this will open up people's eyes so that maybe even as you're driving down the road, 'Hey that's something that I see our church could meet that need. I could meet that need. A group of my friends could,' " said Pastor Mark Combs.

There were 12 places in Perry County that were Repair Affair sites. Housing Development Alliance officials say their goal was to serve 10.

Housing development alliance officials say they raised more than $14,000 in donations for today's repair affair. They also say they plan to have the first ever Knott County Repair Affair this fall.

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