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Scottish Volunteers Help Rebuild A Pascagoula Home

In between the hammering, there's laughter. These Scottish volunteers don't let a little hard work get in the way of their fun.

"There is hope for everybody," volunteer Gordon Allen says.

"If he can do it, anybody can," a volunteer says in the background and laughs.

Allen like most of these volunteers has never been a carpenter before.

"Very interesting. Things I've never done," Allen says.

"Put it this way. If we were doing it for a living, I doubt we'd be doing it very long," volunteer Dick Mowatt says.

That's not all they laugh about.

"I'm about the only one with the Scottish accent," Allen laughs.

Because half of the Scots here are originally from England.

"I used to get told off for putting a phony Scottish accent on," volunteer Jim Fraser says.

Fake or not, homeowner Curtis Rinks says the accents lift spirits.

"It kind of lights up the place when you hear them talk."

But that's not why they came. The volunteers wanted to help Rinks fix his house because he and many other South Mississippians have been helping renovate a castle for Christian hope and healing in Scotland.

"These guys have given up their vacation time to come over and help us with renovations on a house over there. We couldn't do any less, so here we are," Fraser says.

Beyond helping South Mississippi heal, these men are also enjoying the stay in what call a warm place.

"It's better than sitting down there with a pair of jumpers and a jacket on the bus. Every time the door opens wind comes in and tried to blow you out of your seat. No I don't mind trading the cold for the heat," Mowatt says.

When they go, you can be sure they'll be taking a part of South Mississippi with them, and leaving behind plenty of their Scottish cheer to go around.

The group will be leaving Friday, but this won't be the last you hear from them.

They hope to share their experience with folks back home to get more Scots interested in helping to rebuild South Mississippi.

By Jaimee Goad

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