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Teen volunteers battle heat to finish week of service

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Potentially record-setting heat in Wilmington today was not enough to keep some volunteers from their work. Group Workcamps volunteers from across the country have been working all week repairing homes for the needy.

Even with temperatures soaring into the triple digits, the group of teens from across the nation pushed through the heat to help out the community.

Volunteers came for Group Workcamps, an intensive one-week mission trip, to do much-needed home repairs for elderly, disabled, and low income families in our area. Finishing up their week meant working through extreme heat.

"It gets really hot, and it's hard to stay motivated, but helping the people really helps us keep going," volunteer Sidney Tomko said.

"It has been extremely hard to work because of the heat, but we've stayed hydrated," volunteer Robin Russell said. "We've had our Gatorade, and it hasn't hurt our spirit. We've stayed focused. It's been a great week here in Wilmington."

Those receiving help from the volunteers did what they could to help keep them safe by providing water and even watermelon salads. They say they are very grateful for all of the work the volunteers have put into helping them.

One homeowner says she is inspired by the volunteers to give back to the community.

"My husband and I are going to give back in some way, even if it's just a little donation every month," Sara Johnson said. "We do want to give back to them. They've given us a brand new start on our home, and it's just really a blessing.>

About 350 people spent the week volunteering through Group Workcamps. The volunteers repaired homes in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties.

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