‘This Old House’ host speaks at Wilmington group’s fundraiser

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Kids Making It Fundraiser (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In Wilmington, kids are making it! The non-profit uses woodworking as part of a mentor program for at risk youth.

Thursday it was time for their annual fundraiser. The organization helps youth learn trades and helps them build brighter futures. At the luncheon today Kevin O’Connor, the host of the PBS show “This Old House” spoke about the importance of learning trades that use your hands. One of the volunteers said teaching kids is the most rewarding thing he has ever done.

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“Everybody wants their child to be a doctor, or a lawyer, or a teacher. Everybody in the world cannot be a doctor, lawyer or a teacher and somebody has to do those other jobs. I am not a carpenter by trade I was an accountant, but I love working with my hands and I’d like to teach these kids something that they can take on and build a career off of, volunteer John Rudy said.

O’Connor and the organization also honored Austin Wilson, a student who was in the Kids Making It program and appeared as an apprentice on “This Old House.” He died in January.