The Good News Is... Kids repair roof and memories

By Kristen Hampton - bio l email  

ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) - Summer Camp is usually a time to have fun with friends. Salkehatchie Summer Program is no different, with the exception; the fun comes with a lot of sweat and hard work.

More than 80 kids pay $200 to participate in a week-long venture that includes fixing up homes for people who can't afford to do it themselves.

Minnie Colvin is a 98 year-old woman who didn't even know the back half of her house was caving in.

"When we tore the roof off the back and she saw the sky and the rotten wood and all, she cried. She had no idea her husbands home that he built had gotten in that kind of condition," said Tammy Hailey, co-director of Salkahatchie.

A group of about 10 teenagers have spent more than 3 days repairing her roof, re-wiring her appliances, and re-building the house Colvin holds so many memories in.

The work is not done yet though. One solid week of work will hopefully mean a finished product for the kids and a great birthday present for Colvin, who turns 99, August 1st.

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