Hands-On Thomas County Really Does 'C.A.R.E.' - SLIDE SHOW

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

[LAST UPDATED 6/15 at 5:15PM]

For middle and high-schoolers, summer break often means sitting poolside, but for one group of dedicated volunteers, the sunshine means it's a great day to give back.

Since 2007, Hands-On Thomas County has teamed up with Thomasville Landmarks for its Operation 'C.A.R.E.' -- or 'Community Assisting Restoration Efforts' program.

Says 16-year-old Ben Braswell, "We're just tearing down ceilings and getting ready to restore. I do enjoy it. It's fun."

Who wouldn't want to swing a hammer in the name of helping others?

HOTC kids' tasks run the gamut -- from picking up trash, to painting trim, to even doing partial demolition on old houses.

Volunteer David Huddlestone says, "We do a lot of interesting things and see the world through other people's eyes."

Volunteer Katie Scharff says getting out and giving back is important.

Says Scharff, "I know it's better than just sitting around doing nothing, so I come out and help."

Anyone can participate in Hands-Thomas County from kids to

More 'C.A.R.E' projects are in the works for Fall 2011 when the weather cools off.


Volunteers split up into three group this morning to work on houses in Thomasville.

The little laborers are tearing out old floors and ceilings in one home, and painting two others.

This is the 15th year Thomasville Landmarks has hosted its 'Operation C.A.R.E.' project to help spruce up old homes in the area.

Tune in to Eyewitness News for more on this great event!

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