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Teens On A Mission To Makeover Mississippi

More than 100 teenagers are supposed to take a break to celebrate the Fourth of July. Instead, they volunteered to come to South Mississippi and break a sweat.

"Just wanted to help," said Amanda Rhea. When asked what it was like repairing a house, the Holly Springs volunteer responded, "It's messy."

"We have 12 teams working on 12 homes this week," said Project Coordinator Clinton White. "We're going to try to do it by the end of the week."

The teens are part of the Makeover Mississippi mission. They're helping families, like the Alexanders of Gulfport.

"Thank God," said Dennis Alexander. "I mean, we needed help and God sent it."

"I wanted to run up and hug them all myself," his wife Mary said. "I was so glad to see them."

With no time and little money, Dennis and Mary Alexander knew they couldn't repair their hurricane-damaged home by themselves.

"I'm overwhelmed," said Alexander. "I just, I don't know. God sent angels."

But the angels won't miss out on all the Independence Day fun. The Alexanders are cooking up a plan for a barbecue.

"I may not be able to do much," said Alexander. "See, I can't pay ya'll a whole bunch of money, but I can sure fill your bellies up for ya."

And once the work is done, the Alexanders will get to celebrate liberty from their cramped FEMA trailer.

"We appreciate our FEMA trailer that the government so gladly gave us, but we're ready to get out of it," said Alexander.

"You ain't joking," said his wife. "I've been ready to get out of there a long time ago."

More than 100 volunteers from Mississippi and several other states are working on homes in Gulfport, Long Beach and Harrison County. Bayou View Baptist Church of Gulfport organized the Makeover Mississippi project.

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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