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Spring Breakers Help with Storm Cleanup

By Ben Rainwater
By brainwater@wbbjtv.com

BETHEL SPRINGS, Tenn. - Volunteers, both young and old, made their way to a small town community, looking to help those in need.

Nearly two month after a storm ripped through Bethel Springs, crews arrived to help rebuild James Sanders' damaged home.

"It was awesome. I couldn't have been more joyful," said homeowner James Sanders.

A group of 20 volunteers from Portland, Tennessee teamed up with a local family of five from Lebanon United Methodist Church in Michie, Tennessee, to help Sanders get back on his feet.

The kids are working through their spring break, but they have no regrets about giving up their free time.

"It's just fun for me being with all my friends and being able to work," said Wesley Kizer.

"I think that it's a privilege because if I wasn't here, I'd probably be at home on my bed watching TV, and I wouldn't be making an impact on the world," said Alyssia Babula.

The homeowner told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness news that he and his family are extremely grateful for the help and support, especially after all the trouble they had with the storm damage.

"It's a very good thing that they're doing and I really appreciate it," said James Sanders.

"And it couldn't have come at a better time for me because there was no way I could tackle that project and actually be able to complete it."

At thirteen-years-old, Babula does not feel like she is making a sacrifice. Instead, she believes she is simply helping someone in need.

"Some of the people around here don't have that much, and it just helps them that people actually care and that they're safe," said Babula.

For Sanders, the impact goes much further than fixing his house. It restores hope in the innate goodness of people.

"I just sit back and I'm really thankful that we still have people in the world that are willing to do these types of things," said Sanders.
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