WILMINGTON -- Residents of the Creekwood community say their run-down community center is in dire need of repair. Dozens of volunteers from across the state are working to spruce it up. Nearly 100 volunteers showed up Monday at the Creekwood community center in hopes of making summer a bit brighter for its residents. Creekwood resident George McClammy said, "These people cared enough to do this and words can't describe it." McClammy has lived in Creekwood for nearly 30 years. Now, decades later, he says renovations are finally underway at the community center, a beloved building that he says has seen better days. Dozens of volunteers and residents are hoping to change that. They're working on rebuilding the community center, a place that caters to Creekwood residents, both young and old. Creekwood resident Destiny Durant said, "Mostly everything was like torn up, and once they fix it, it will be better." Volunteers say while remodeling the center has been fun, it hasn't been easy. Volunteer Kaci Hedgecock said, "It's very hot. We've put on a lot of sunscreen." And they're drinking lots of water, staying hydrated and energized while renovations continue. When the work is done, volunteers say these kids will have a brand new place to play. Volunteer Paige Slater said, "I love the feeling. People come and they smile and they look And I know that I did that." And residents like McClammy will have a place to be proud of. McClammy said, "Any time that you can see this kind of work with this many people come together, with no arguing, no divisions, it's just a rejoicing time." Weather permitting, volunteers are expected to wrap up renovations by Thursday.
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