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Jun 16, 2014 2:27 PM by Sara Donchey

Teens Volunteer to Fix Hillcrest Homes as Part of Sumer Camp

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Stripping paint and laying shingles are not activities you would expect a group of teenagers to be doing on a hot summer day.

But that's exactly what 200 teenagers have been doing across the Coastal Bend for the past two weeks.

The Sea City Work Camp brings together teens from across South Texas to donate a week of their time to rebuild and renovate local homes.

Cade Boyd is 18 years old and has been coming to the camp every year for the past five years.

He's considered a veteran in his group, but when he first started at Sea City when he was 13 years old, he had a lot to learn.

"I knew how to hammer nails, but I didn't really have much experience stripping 200 square feet of shingles," Boyd admitted.

Today, Boyd and his group worked on the roof of a home in the Hillcrest neighborhood.

Sea City is not your typical teen summer camp

Doing hard labor for a week straight--all for free--is no easy task, but it's all worth it to the teens when they see the look of gratitude on the homeowners' faces.

"It makes the week really enjoyable," said Eric Garcia, a Calallen High School graduate who's been attending Sea City for the past five years. "It feels like it was really well worth it."

Volunteer Katie Weaver agreed.

"It's just an amazing experience to come out here and do work for them," Weaver said. "At the end I can see their face, and just the look on their face it means the world to me."


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