Angels In Action In Tioga County

By Jessica Light

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 25, 2007 at 7:49 PM EDT

These kids are hard at work in Owego, helping one family rebuild the life that washed away in the 2006 flood.

Michael Dunbar's family moved to this house on Chestnut Street after the flood destroyed the home his kids grew up in.

"They miss their rooms. Ask why did the water come take the house away? My son Justin was saying the other day he wants to move back to the other house. I said we can't," says Dunbar.

As Dunbar's family starts over, their new house needs a lot of work.

That's where these kids step in.

These kids are painting, sanding, caulking, and doing whatever is needed to help out.

And they're not afraid to get dirty doing it.

"It's fun to get a little dirty sometimes, but it is hard work," says Jordon Williams of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania.

"It just makes me feel good. Makes me feel like I did something good for people," says Nick Benson of Smithsburg, Maryland.

Nick, Kayla and Jordan are a few of the Angels in Action.

125 kids helping the elderly, disabled, and people with low incomes with major home repairs in Tioga County.

The kids come from youth groups all over the country.

"God blesses you with all these abilities that you need to share your abilities with others. No matter what you can do," says Kayla Engle of Hershey, Pennsylvania.

"If it wasn't for them I could never do it alone. I wish my two older daughters would do something like this," says Dunbar.

Some of the younger Dunbar's are helping out, even the dog, Odie.

At the rate all of these kids are working, their new house will be a home in no time.

Angels in Action is part of a larger program, the Group Work Camps Foundation, based in Colorado.

It has 17 projects going on now in Tioga County.

The kids stay at Owego Free Academy and leave on Saturday.

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